So we are still working on a project to be released some time in the summer. Here’s a second teaser for everyone to sink their teeth into. Another point to mention is that we’ll likely be giving most if not all of these little guys away after we’re done abusing them : D
I understand technology is changing and getting better and we should take advantage of it etc etc… But for some reason this latest card reaches speeds and capacity that it just out of hand. I can’t see when I’d want one card to have 128 GB, I feel as though in photography, we’d never want to fill a single card up with that many images, I would be afraid to lose them all or something. Personally I thought 64 GB was already bordering on out of control. On the other hand, when shooting video it might come in handy to have such a large capacity, except the speed of 100MB/s is just insane. Video currently only needs about one third that speed. The card costs $1,500 which to me is just “ridiculous”. Perhaps this is just a sign of the things to come and we’ll all be shooting 30Mb images any day now…?
So last weekend I headed to Vegas for a trip with my family (one of whom had a special birthday – Happy Birthday!) and well.. I brought a whack of gear. So this breakdown is a video I shot on my iPhone 4 one day when the weather was a little less than perfect. Below I’ve listed links to pretty much all the important gear incase anyone is curious and wants to know a bit more about anything. Also I should mention that both of my camera bags were with me as I took them on the plane as “carry-on”. One of them had a monopod sticking out on the side of it as well and not a single customs or security agent gave me a hard time. Of course according to TSA rules you’re allowed a camera bag in addition to a carry on and a personal item (which is awesome – learned that from CJ and it’s def. true), however I was still expecting some trouble. In fact I was only asked to open a camera bag once out of the four times one of them was x-rayed (one bag each direction). I was even asked purely out of curiosity what that “thing sticking out of your bag is, man?” referring to the monopod.
As photographers, we spend a lot of cash on various pieces of equipment and other paraphernalia. Sometimes we may wonder if it’s worth it or if this purchase is really all that practical. I tend to always believe “yes” it’s always worthwhile and we shouldn’t hesitate so long as we’re actually able to afford these items. I feel as though a lot of amateurs are indecisive about making purchases because they make these purchases based on an immediate need for the items. That’s completely the wrong reason to buy anything in my opinion. And if you’re an amateur, there’s a reason you don’t already have that background setup…. it’s because you’re an amateur and you pretty much have nothing.. ;)
There’s nothing wrong with that, though. I, of course, had nothing at one point as well, and I certainly made poor purchases at times, but by in large, I made good purchases. The trick is to consider yourself a pro. If you’re going to buy something you shouldn’t calculate whether or not you can afford it based on one shoot. That says a lot of negative things about you. That says you’re not committed to this line of photography. It says that you have doubts. Basically.. it says that you don’t expect you’d use this piece of gear again and that on its own is a poor approach. Kind of gives me the impression you don’t have enough confidence in your craft to believe that you’ll continue to be a photographer say, in a year from now. To me.. buying cheap gear is like giving up before you even start. Again there are exceptions, sometimes we need to work our way up to bigger and better gear, and other times people are still unsure how deep their passion for photography lies. But I’m talking to those people who are “committed”. Those people who are calling themselves “Pro Photographers” and telling the world they can handle anything.
If you believe that this is your career and thereby it’s essentially going to be your life. You should treat it as such. Don’t buy that nasty tiny gross little pathetic 12″ product box! It’s small and ugly and can’t fit things in it! Go ahead, splurge and treat yourself to that 36″ box. You’re going to use it way more and it’s also nicer to look at :P. Now I’m not suggesting we spend frivolously, although I do tend to do that at times myself. What I’m saying is don’t hesitate with your gear. Get what you think would suit you in the long run if you’re able to. If you’re eventually going to buy a 36″ product box, you’re going to be feelin’ kind of dumb having that 12″ one as well. At least I would.
I know from personal experience that there have been a good handful of items that I’ve picked up that have only paid for themselves after a couple of years of shooting with them. But these are things that will last many more years to come and so they’re well worth it in my opinion (btw I’m not talking about cameras since they die a lot faster then most people expect them to..).
The moral of this story is that if you’re confident in yourself, act like it in every regard. Even when it comes to buying things. If you’re being a cheapo on gear, then there’s probably a reason and that reason might just be that you’re not as confident in yourself as you hope/think you are. And we all know that a photographer without confidence is as good as a photographer without a camera.