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to go and get some prints of the favorite images they've taken. I recently went and printed off a few 11x17's of about ten of my favorite images. Then discovered one that looked good on the computer but seemed to print amazingly well. So I took that and got 20x30 and framed it. Its just such a rewarding experience to have something tangible for all of your work. I is really inspiring me to make me want to shoot even more. Even though I already shoot 2-5 times a week. Its not to expensive and IMO totally worth it. Maybe I'm just raving mad, but I feel this is an essential experience in your photography growth.

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Very true. Its easy to get into pixel peeping and monitor gazing, but photographs were intended to be held (I know, I know: slides) but there is something great about having prints made. And as you say, make prints (8x10 or larger).

It is nice to have your own pics up around your house where others can enjoy them (it's even more of a blast to have them up out in public). No one can see them on our hard drives
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I just recently printed and framed some pictures from a trip to the Grand Canyon and gave them to my girlfriend's family as gifts (they financed the vacation).

Rewarding indeed.

It will give you a feel for how different printing can be versus your monitor also.
    
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I would like to get a few pictures up around town, just for fun. I wonder how I would do that, I know there are a couple places that actually have local artists work hanging, do I just go ask???
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I would like to get a few pictures up around town, just for fun. I wonder how I would do that, I know there are a couple places that actually have local artists work hanging, do I just go ask???
I would send them an email or stop by.

Look for local events too. When its warm, there are all kinds of street festivals here where you could set up a stand and sell your work (I'm sure you need to ask or buy a slot or permit from the event peeps).
    
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I think all new photographers should pick up a fully manual film camera and use that for about 2 years before using a digital camera. Digital is responsible for a huge number of photographers with bad habits, mostly because of photoshop.
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I would like to get a few pictures up around town, just for fun. I wonder how I would do that, I know there are a couple places that actually have local artists work hanging, do I just go ask???
Thats all I did and in July I'll have a whole bunch of prints hanging on the walls of a local Cafe (near the richest street in the city) .
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I think all new photographers should pick up a fully manual film camera and use that for about 2 years before using a digital camera. Digital is responsible for a huge number of photographers with bad habits, mostly because of photoshop.
I agree, but once you understand how to use a manual camera, DSLR bodies just make things so much easier. I guess the same could be said of a good film body. My old camera is a very manual, very standard 35mm with no shooting modes, etc.

And why can't DSLR lenses have aperture AND focus rings =(
    
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And why can't DSLR lenses have aperture AND focus rings =(
A lot of Nikon lenses do -- are you a Canon shooter?

Remember you can use the DoF preview button to simulate stopping down (has the same viewfinder effect as turning the aperture ring on fully manual [Canon's FD] lenses).
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I agree, but once you understand how to use a manual camera, DSLR bodies just make things so much easier. I guess the same could be said of a good film body. My old camera is a very manual, very standard 35mm with no shooting modes, etc.

And why can't DSLR lenses have aperture AND focus rings =(
I know! I still catch myself trying to twist the base of my lenses sometimes, haha
I really resisted switching to digital, but eventually did for convenience. Ill still always love film though, especially medium format.
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