There has been a rush to enable the “smart home,” everything from appliances, door locks, speakers, thermostats and more. I barely have time to make sure my WiFi access point’s software is up-to-date, let alone update the firmware of my oven. With that in mind, it was with trepidation that I took the plunge and purchased a set of 4 Philips Hue light bulbs. I was sent to Target to buy some orange light strings for Halloween (which I never said I would buy because I think it detracts from the Christmas lights tradition) and first had to stop at Best Buy and stumbled across the Hue system. Impulse overtook me. The next thing I knew, my wallet was $200 lighter and I was screwing the light bulbs into fixtures around the house, installing the Android app and updating light bulb firmware. Update light bulb firmware?
There is a line from the movie “The Last Sumarai,” in which Katsumoto states “The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life.” I find myself thinking about how that applies to photography as well.
Over the years I’ve generally become the team photographer at my kids’ games. During yesterday’s match, a parent commented “see the parent over there taking pictures? You need a lens like that!” I looked and yes, I immediately had “lensvy.”
I am torn as to what to write on my second post as it is sort of a chicken-and-the-egg scenario. I need to improve upon my current skills while learning new ones. Meanwhile, what skills need to be honed when I don’t know exactly what I want to do. Photo journalism? Freelance videography? Virtual Reality is primed to be the next big thing. However, shouldn’t I explore as many facets of photography / videography before deciding which direction to head? All I can say with certainty is that I am not plopping down substantial cash on higher quality glass and base until I know exactly what I want to do.
After 23 years of high-tech software and hardware experience, I can say with certainty that I have never really enjoyed it. Sure, the fat commission checks are great, however the lean quarters balance it out to a certain extent. Furthermore, I hate the “great job!” on days 90/180/275/365, only to be harangued on days 1/91/181/276 about “what have you done for me lately?”