Friday, July 28, 2006
Quickie: You can see what needs to be done, so do it. There's no sense in waiting any longer.
Overview: Some puritanical impulses are telling you that unless it's work, work, work, it's useless and maybe even a little wasteful. Ease up just a tad. Sometimes the hardest job is allowing things to happen on their own.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Fact: The life span of a taste bud is ten days.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
You will increase your chances of success many times over today if you make an effort to get up and get out into the big wide world. You don't have to push yourself hard, you just have to put yourself in situations where Lady Luck is most likely to find you, and that certainly isn't at home staring at the same four walls.
Ive been out and about, but Ive spending days at a time inside. But, its not as if Ive not been getting nothing done, but ive definitely been taking it slooow. :)
Hey, i gave myself the time to do it. And its nice being able to relax.
A nice summer.
Still, I need to get out and about. Soon.
This day may toss a few roadblocks in your direction, but they're false obstacles. Your old fears are at work here -- and they're trying every trick in the book to psyche you out and get you doubting yourself. But the good news is that all you have to do is remember that the past is the past, and the shape of your future is in your hands. Today is when the shaping can happen. You just need to let your bravery take charge. Don't let your fears get the better of you! -
Im tellin ya, one's resolve quavers when the pressures of bills loom and you start worrying about not having the cash.
With that, the plans to do what you want to do seem.. silly. And then you start thinking of the safety net. Its easy to become a coward then and start to look for the safe and reassuring, the tried and the true.
And then the fear kicks in. :)
whenever that kicks in, i think back to being homeless in Berkeley, and the realization that one could survive without money. That it is not the end of the world. In fact, I remember being.. well, disdainful, of people temporarily down on their luck, not being able to survive on 350 bux a week they got from unemployment.
350 bux a week, and there are no bills?? Please. He was doing well, all things considered.
Thats when I knew I had changed, and the fear was gone.
so, when my brain starts calculating and my breathing gets shorter, i stop and remind myself that dire straits is much much worse.
Thatt real security is the one you make for yourself.
And I have planned for this.
Then i clear my mind of the bad thoughts, and the fear is gone.
In order to be successful, you have to listen to your dreams. Stop being a critic. Instead, be an artist, an innovator and a pioneer. Believe in yourself wholeheartedly, and your life will improve in astounding ways.
Go on faith, trust in myself.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
And the Nikon D50 won hands down! (Practical Photography Magazine UK, July issue)
It was close, but the Nikon D50 was declared superior.
This was a test to determine the best budget dSLR for travelling, and considering image quality, handling, operation the D50 beat out the Canon 350D, even though the Canon has a 8 megapixel chip compared to the Nikon's 6 mp sensor.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Would you like to photograph anything you want, anywhere you want, anytime you want, any way you want, with a great professional camera system? Would you love to travel to luxury destinations and photograph whatever, whenever you want?
The only way to do this is to keep your real job and do photography on your own time.
If you want to photograph professionally you'll make less money, have to shoot the boring stuff in crappy locations for which you're hired, shoot it the way the client wants, and probably have to shoot everything as if it's some big emergency every time. You'll probably only be able to afford beat up old gear that's "good enough."
Making a buck in photography is a lot tougher than keeping a real job. The photo jobs and locations that pay the most are the most boring. Think you're going to have people hiring you as a travel photographer? Guess again.
It's exactly like golf or surfing. Golf is fun, and it's almost impossible to get people to pay you to do it. Only one guy in ten million makes lots of money in surfing, photography or acting.
I remember 20-something years ago in college, I decided i liked photography. I went to school for my English degree, took a few photography courses, got a part-time job in a professional camera store - delivering equipment and supplies to professional photographers in the Chicago area.
I then gave up photography. The first reason was that photography pursued on a serious level was very expensive. The second was dealing with professionals on a daily basis - gave me reason for despair. These guys were very very good, working very very hard and there were a lot of them in a very very competitive business.
I realized i couldnt compete. So, like many folk in their 20's when reality hits them in the face, I gave up what I liked doing, dropping my dreams in the process.
I did not want to starve as a writer or photographer. I wanted to live comfortably, so i eventually acquired the skillz to give me the means to live comfortably.
I did ok for awhile, but I never forgot giving up photography. And when i was introduced to digital cameras, i started again, but with no intention of making a living at it. I just enjoyed it.
Then, in the Bayonne Public Library, i came across a ludicrously titled book with a picture of a man throwing cash into the air. Out of curiousity, I borrowed the book. After reading it, i kept the book, and at the first chance i got years later, I went back to New Jersey and paid the Library the cost of the book.
In the introduction of "How to Make Big Bucks Selling Your Photography", Cliff Hollenback bluntly stated:
"You will NOT make big bucks in photography."
What is ironic - these hard words make me want it more.
For the simple fact that being out shooting brings me joy.