"Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go." ~ Good Riddance by Green Day
Since my last entry, much development has taken place. Both personally and professionally. One of the biggest developments has been the addition / upgrade to a Canon 5D MkII (my dream camera!). This was the camera that I wanted when I was first getting started in the world of photography however (as anyone in the creative industries will attest to) funding can be somewhat...limited.
A few years later...newer models of cameras came out and you would expect the prices to decrease (even slightly!) but unfortunately the price pretty much remained the same for the 5D. Then they were no longer available which saddened me – more so because of the fact that the dream of owning that particular camera no longer would no longer be a possibility.
Through a series of random events, I met a fellow artist (a painter) who had acquired the camera and had only used it a few times and hated the complexity of it all. As it turned out, by a twist of fate he was eager to sell the (almost brand new) camera to someone who would make good use of it – and at an incredibly low price (with a lens too!).
Within a week of acquiring the new camera I was approached to be involved a significantly large annual sporting event and another sporting competition the week after. Both were significantly large photography opportunities and for all of them to have happened within such a short amount of time have left me somewhat photographically and physically drained. I don't think people really give much thought to how physically demanding event or sports photography can be – but still question their rates because "if shouldn't be so expensive to just press a button", anyway – that's a blog for another time.
In recent weeks I've also been getting a lot more involved in the social media aspects of running a business. It's far more in-depth and complicated than what I thought it would be and admittedly I'm grateful for the fact that I have the luxury of not having to rely on photography as my primary source of income. Maybe it's just me being a nerd or easily distracted but I'm far more intrigued (and excited) by the analytics that I'm able to acquire from various providers in relation to social media presence. Even that itself is an art form and I'm learning about that very much as well (yes, I'm a nerd I know).
By having a social media presence (regardless of capacity) has also enabled me to connect with people that I previously would never have had the opportunity connect with. It's given me the opportunity to literally connect with other people around the world who share similar passions or exchange and brainstorm ideas and concepts and it's been amazing. I've only just begun to have a whole new understanding and appreciation for how amazing technology and the Internet can be. Case in point: A photography friend in the UK has done a thing and found (SEVERAL!) online courses that she has purchased. As part of purchasing the course(s) she's entitled to also gift a copy of the online course to someone - and that someone has been me!! So I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you.