I haven’t left the 9-5 corporate grind. I haven’t made thousands through affiliate marketing. The truth is I’ve joined bigger and bigger consulting firms as my career has progressed. That is something I never thought would happen. If marketing was easy, everyone would be doing it. As I’ve read and know first hand, you really have to focus and I just haven’t been able to devote time to doing it.
I did go on vacation to Hawaii recently. Traveling is the easiest way for me to partake in one of my favorite hobbies, photography. I think I’ve gotten better but I don’t really take enough pictures. Of course I’m my toughest critic though.
I basically took all my gear with me on the trip. Here’s what I currently have:
Flash: Canon 580EX II
It all fits in my Lowepro camera bag and boy is it heavy. After lugging it around the airport along with my backpack which has my 13″ Macbook Pro, I decided I need a new bag to carry everything. I haven’t pulled the trigger yet but I’m leaning towards the Case Logic backpack. It looks like it was well thought out. I like how the camera is suspended/held inside the bag. However, I did buy this other Lowepro bag because it was on sale for $13. I think it’ll be a good around town bag. What I do now is just leave it on the passenger or backseat of my car. Sometimes in the family car, I put it on the floor.
After I got back and edited my pictures, I was a bit disappointed in the sharpness of my pictures. Most of them were taken with the ultra-wide 10-22mm. I think my biggest problems are lighting and holding steady. When I take a picture of the kids and they’re moving, I tend to react and move with them. When I get my shot, I’m pretty sure I’m not absolutely still half the time. Thank goodness for digital. One thing I did learn was to shoot using AI Servo in situations like this. I have yet to try it but I will soon.
I have a good reason to try soon because I just picked up the Canon 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra-wide lens. I also signed up for a Flickr account. Hopefully I can use that to get feedback and learn from other photographers. Don’t worry, I’m not going to throw up a Facebook fauxtography page and pretend I’m a pro. Those people irk me. I know I’m critical but most of those people shouldn’t be charging anyone for their services. Anyway, here’s my Flickr Photostream.