A few of you who follow me may be aware of my photography sideline, in a peripheral sort of way! I used to be a professional photographer, but every time I got a good rhythm going with business and clients, we always seemed to be moving. That meant every time we relocated, it was back to square one. Several moves ago, I gave up. In a fit of pique (meltdown combined with a sense of despair), I donated all my backdrops, studio lighting, and a bunch of other costly photo equipment. I was done.
My advice to anyone who feels that way – don’t do it! A year after the great purge, I found myself really missing all those costly items that were tossed away like so much detritus. Do I want to return to professional photography? Nowadays, it’s not so much a matter of want, but more like a matter of “can’t”. My eyes are doing that thing called presbyopia (you’ll learn when you get there, if you haven’t already) and it really bites. I imagine I could continue to take pictures, but I find myself more and more at the mercy of automation, especially when it comes to the focus feature on the camera. I don’t like losing that control. So, as of the last five years, my photography has been more personal or commercial stock photography of items.
Do I still buy gee-gaws for my old Nikon D-90? Nope. I get by with what I have right now, that is, until you see this on Kickstarter…
I’m a big fan of low-light assists and remote control. I may have to climb a mountain or go hiking to get that special selfie!!! And yes, they have my email to let me know when it’s ready for retail sales. Can’t wait!
Have you photo hounds found any new technology that’s fun? Let me know! 😉