Things have been super crazy over the past few weeks. Between shooting two weddings, taking super time consuming classes, attending numerous amounts of meetings and fulfilling RA duties, my life is definitely swamped. Not psycho crazy like it was last semester, but definitely crazy. But in the meantime, I am glad that I have had to opportunity to make some investments into Photography and possibly videography. I managed to get a really good deal for Beats Pro Headphones. They're originally priced $400 ($450 if you want to add tax) and I was able to get it for $180. I got them so that I could have better quality sound for my video editing purposes. I will be editing a LOT this semester, so the better equipment I could have, the better.
I bought a new macbook pro. Man, I've been wanting it for YEARS. I just enjoy the interface so much better than PCs. The programs also run so much more smoothly on the Macs than they do on PCs. I think working with Macs would be so much better for photo editing purposes.
Then for the actual execution of my photography quality, I was finally able to buy an external flash. It's an off-brand speedlight and from the reviews that I have seen from it, it is a very good one to have. I managed to test it out for a couple of minutes and I am already impressed with it. I am excited to just get out there and master the flash. I know that this is definitely the next step that I could take in shooting better quality photos. I never realized how vital it was until I happened to shoot 3 weddings within the past 3 months. Coming into a place where there is such low lighting really hits your camera hard. I was so used to using my 50mm at very low aperture and shutter speeds. But when I had absolutely no choice but to raise my ISO (to 3200 in some cases), the quality really suffered and I hated it. Especially when the on camera flash wasn't doing what I needed for it to do. I also got rid of my kit lens specifically because of the lighting issues. That was probably not the best move now that I think about it. Shooting with a 50mm all the time gets really difficult when you are shooting groups, which in the case of shooting weddings, is a very hard thing to avoid. I know that I will have a very good return on the investments that I am making for my business. I am really excited about it and I can't wait to see where God takes me with it.