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Warren Shea

Expensive hobbies

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at 1:52 am

I didn’t realize when I was getting into Photography that there’d be so much cost involved. I knew it was time consuming. And I knew the camera was going to be expensive. But overall, I now have (at least) 2 very expensive hobbies.

One of them is toy/figure/statue collecting. I’ve been trying to have a better willpower towards this though lately and not getting things I want…but can do without. Well, technically I can do without all of them :S

The other is now Photography. I thought it’s be a $300 camera + lens kit (with my 550 in gift certificates). And then I bought a $600 lens right after. Add a tripod, a lightbox (that I had before), grey card, lens filter, reflector…and you’re looking at $2000k ~ .

And I just got a car.

And I occasionally buy comics. And DVDs. And artbooks. And game guides. And manga.

Yes, I’m a materialistic person BUT THAT’S JUST WHO I AM.

Anyways, I’m pretty certain my photography costs are going to stop for the foreseeable future, which is nice.
I’ve almost got all the manga I’d ever want (I think I’ll buy Slam Dunk! when it’s finished…and then I’m DONE!).
I’m becoming better with game guides and artbooks and dvds.
And while I sorta got back into comics, I’m sorta falling back out now too.

At least my primary hobby is relatively free: Web Development and Web Design. That’s something I can spend hours doing with little to no cost :D So thank goodness for that!

I feel like the only thing I’ve been writing about lately is photography. I’m learning so much, so quickly and I just want to keep doing/showing more! I just listened to a 1.5-hour Podcast on Anime Figure photography (right up my alley) in which photographers basically….said stuff that I’ve learned within the last 2 weeks. But I’m going to listen again and take notes on anything I missed.

I’m really glad I have this new photography hobby now. It’s always great to learn new things and photography’s definitely something very accessible and there are a lot of people who know about this stuff. I mean, when you’re younger and in school, you don’t have money for a hobby DSLR…but once you’ve been working for a bit, you can really get into this hobby. It’s great just…really getting into something with a lot of passion. I’ve been waking up early Saturday and Monday to take photos. When was the last time I ever woke up early to do something passionate? The answer: NEVER!

It’s great going home with a drive to work on something, not to just veg out until the next day. I really feel like I’m accomplishing something…and while web development fulfills that as well, it’s really nice to accomplish something new. To open the door to a whole new world, with youuuuuuuu….er, to open the door to whole new world of learning.

I don’t wanna keep blogging about photography but unfortunately, that’s my life focus at the moment…still, there’s so many other things to write about! I just need some inspiration and motivation….

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