So yea, my mac has decided that the last 2 weeks of my semester is the most timely period to go on a schizophrenic rampage by giving me the rainbow wheel of death every 5 seconds on Friday. And suddenly today it behaves much better. This leaves me utterly confused. I thought I wouldn’t have to deal with such situations until I’m dating for the third month.
But anyway, Its been a crazy few weeks. Been helping out for the DPA camp, and I’m glad to see that a new bunch of DPA students are already in. It hasn’t felt like a year since polytechnic. I honestly think if i sneak into the orientation camp, the year 1s might actually ask me what class I’m in. But its fine. I’ll just take it that i look youthful. heh.
I’ve just started considering getting a DSLR. There’s quite a few reasons why I would like one actually. But lets list the Pros and Cons to evaluate whether its worth getting one.
1.The first would to be able to take good quality photographs/ videos. This, of course would be the primary objective of having a camera. Other tertiary objectives such as it being a rather effective neck strengthening tool, are of course, not of equal importance. But yea. Its really hard to need to do a project, and finding out that you don’t have the tools at hand, and have to borrow it. Not that its too out of the way either. But you know, its nice to have that security. ( and with that logic, Russ buys a tank of pirahna, just in case a villian enters his house, and he can conveniently lure him in enough to make him fall unknowingly into the depths below, like in every other spy movie…)
2. Its an investment- I guess this one is really a tough one to prove. I guess there’s a million people who justify buying things as an investment. But the sad reality, is that I may never be a professional photographer/ videographer. But then again, it opens up a spectrum of new skills I can acquire, and thats a pretty big deal, considering if you want a new branch of skills in online RPGs you usually need to get a job advancements/ Online Cash. More so in real life!
But really, I guess if I could use that camera and join a few competitions, or help a friend out at events, I would slowly make my money’s worth right?
3. third primary pro of getting a camera, and this , i didnt realised till i discussed with my friends about it would be – the Ultimate Social Gathering Hacking Tool! Take for example, you’re at a party with strangers. As long as you are holding a camera, no one will try to strike up small talk, unless they need you to take a photograph, or unless they really like to talk about cameras. I guess the insincerity stings, but it helps filter out the awkwardness at parties. Also people are really nice to the photographers cause they control their existence at that aforementioned hypothetical event. I mean if someone offends you, you could choose to take less photgraphs of them, thus rendering them less significant, or you could just Photoshop them out of the party. Or even better, Photoshop them in with a party holding a Baguette! I mean cmon! Holding a baguette at a party? Lame!
And of course, with it being the ultimate ninja tool, it can also be the ultimate social tool. Lets be honest that most people like getting their picture taken. But what they love more is to look at their pictures immediately after its taken. And in that span of 5- 10 seconds, a person is willing to sacrifice his or her (hopefully her) personal space to walk up beside you and look at the photograph. There’s that chance! Ask about the weather! Tell her she looks like a certain celebrity in the photograph! Tell her that the photograph must have been photoshopped, and then say oops while giving her a boyish grin.
Ladies, is that smooth? I really have to check cause I have no idea what I’m doing.
But yea, of course, hyperbole aside, it does make a good conversation starter. Somehow people think that as long as you are holding a DSLR, you’re like the pioneer of modern photography or something. Just play along until they find out you really just use auto mode for most photographs unless you want to manually disable the flash or something complicated like that.
1. The money. DSLRs are pretty expensive. And once you start, i guess its hard to stop. Once I get a basic kit, there are lenses, and then if i want to get better sound, i could buy a mike, and then there’s those accessories like a fierce leather pouch, and those brushes and dusters that make you look like an archeologist then a photographer (or when you first start out, a man holding a camera, with a penchant for standing at weird angles to take creative shots that really aren’t)
2. The expectations- Once you get a camera, its like opening Pandora’s box or something. A gust of wind comes flying out of the box, and though the world doesn’t look to much different, it somehow is, and you can’t figure it out until you enter a social setting and 5 different people ask you to take a photograph for them. Also not forgetting that thanks to social media, its become an obligation for you to upload, edit and tag them all in a span of 1 week. And then when its established that you have a camera, people would usually assume that you’ll bring it all the time, regardless of circumstance and might lament if you didn’t. Much like what I’m doing right now. Haha, but its true. Owning a camera is like joining a boyband, or being a Disney kid celebrity. Like 80 percent of photographers can’t break into the scene as like mainstream humans anymore.
” What are doing in your beach attire? And where’s your camera?”
“erm… I didnt bring it.”
“What? Why not?”
“Erm, well, i wanted to actually, yknow, soak in the sun at the beach for a change.”
“Hahaha! Oh, Russ! Always the prankster! You almost had me there for a moment” *looks around for hidden camera*
“No- No dude. I really didnt bring it.”
“… Guards seize him!”
I apologise for the extensive spontaneous monologue.
But anyway, I guess the list could go one for both pros and cons. I guess I just figured it be a very important decision for me, cause I guess if don’t use it as much or well as i expect to, I would be slightly disappointed with myself. So i guess I’ll give it a few weeks of thought before planning how to actually get the money to buy one
*looks at arms to see which one has more meat*
But anyway, thanks for reading! Really appreciate it 🙂
Oh! And I was thinking of starting a weekly comic strip or something. Just as a hobby, cause I used to draw them ( see previous post) and read alot of them ( check previous record of sexual encounter. Oh there’s none! He’s telling the truth!)
But yea, i guess I have to start compiling a list of Pros and Cons again…