I’m on a quest of sorts.
I’m really focusing on expanding this little photography venture that I’ve gotten myself into, but I didn’t anticipate how quickly I’d want to move up on the equipment side of things.
I don’t know exactly why, but I told my friend Baron one day that I was going to use some money I’d saved up to buy a video camera. “Great idea!” he said. I returned it about 3 days later. He was right; it was a good idea, but it just wasn’t what I was looking for. Not long afterwards, I told him I was looking into getting a camera. This time he said something surprising: “Great idea!”
This time he was right. It wasn’t just a good idea. It was a fantastic idea for me.
I’ve loved looking at photography since I was very, very young, but hadn’t actually bought a decent camera my entire life until last May. I knew absolutely NOTHING about what I was doing, but I took the plunge and bought my Canon XTi. It’s a fantastic camera, and I’ve gotten a lot of enjoyment out of it, but I’m wanting to step up to something else a bit more professional: the 40D.
I’m going to have to sell some more stuff on eBay and really scrape together the cash to get it. Let’s face it college student + young marriage + job as student pastor doesn’t exactly = Donald Trump pay. But everything I’ve spent on photographic equipment thus far has been worth it; I don’t expect this to be any different.
The problem is that the more work you build up, the more money you have to purchase equipment. The more equipment you get, the better your work looks. The better your work looks, the more money you make per shoot. The more money you make per shoot, the more money you have to upgrade your lens/bodies/accessories.
I’m beginning to wonder how far down the road I’ll get before I actually make money from doing this.
And yes, Baron…I’m aware that I’m never going to make money until I start charging people more than the scraps I currently do. Point taken.