Brownlee has made me realize that I have some expensive hobbies. You may or may have not noticed that I 1) blog and 2) take a lot of pictures.
This costs money.
And at first it was like: ”Hey look I can just get this free wordpress.com blog and it will be fun.”
Two years later: “I’m going to buy me a domain so I can do what I want on my blog.”
Two years later: “Oh snap it’s time to renew my hosting and guess what I got a discount ticket to BlogElevated so I need some business cards and I’m gonna get some blog swag and…”
Or “look I can get this Canon Rebel for el cheapo on Black Friday. It’s just a basic DSLR. Like for enthusiasts. That’s me. I’m kinda enthusiastic sometimes. ”
Two weeks later: “yeah I’m just going to get this 50mm lens cause it blurs the background like I want and I’m done”
A year and a half later: “yeah see I need a 35mm too because it works well in dim lighting and I don’t have to back into things to get shots inside”
And I want to take pictures for the Houston Moms Blog launch party soooooo I found this cool little place in town Photo Rental Source. It’s exactly what I needed in my life! I rented this flash (Canon Speedlite 430 exII) I’ve been thinking about thinking about buying. It’s only $*** but I could rent it for $27 for the week (I don’t discuss how much photo stuff costs with Brownlee and he doesn’t tell me how much his tennis shoes cost) and see if it’s too much flash for me or if I could get a smaller model.
Instantly I was like “this is too damn heavy” and I was irritated that it takes 4AA batteries but then I was like “OH SNAP it swivels” and “OH SNAAAAP it has a built in diffuser” and it will take some getting used to (that’s why I rented it for a week) buuuuuuut odds are I will be requesting Houston Camera Exchange gift cards for my birthday.
With the flash I can still have high quality pictures with the crappy lighting we have in this apartment (stupid energy efficient coil bulbs). Yes the camera can compensate for poor lighting (Higher ISO) but then I get grainy pics.
Now I can get stuff like this and not feel bad about wanting to destroy the environment for better lighting:
Yay fill light!!!!!!!
And I have no set cap on what I will be spending on either blogging or photography and no I don’t want to go “PRO” in either activity. No I don’t want to take pictures of your kid being cute and I don’t want to seek out sponsorships for my blogging needs so this page is covered with banners and what not. I just want to bide my time creatively and then show it off for minimal praise. Isn’t that what a hobby (and the hokey pokey) is all about? Like people who build model airplanes don’t do it for all the fame and glory do they? Or is there some model airplane sector of humanity that I know nothing about?
What is your hobby? What do you expect to gain from it? Can you go pro in your hobby? Would you???