Here on the blog I’ve been focusing on where to go next. I know that probably doesn’t interest you, but I have been spending a lot of time on it. Also trying to work out the scams and the sites that can really help. There is so much out and trying to work it out can be so confusing.
Did you know there are a lot of scams on the internet?
Yeah, well I’ve been sucked in enough. I recently paid a fortune for a Facebook course that I thought would be good, just to find that it was offered to over 500 people. That means your questions have to be answered by others in the same boat. They would do live videos to look at people’s pages, but only a very small number, and they were nearly always bascially the same. Never like mine, so I never got anything out of those. I have had to figure a lot out myself.
On top of that many of the live sessions would be done in the middle of the night for me. I don’t understand why they are happy to take money from international students, but cater only for US ones. Time zones are always in US terms, so if you aren’t in the US you have no idea. I don’t understand why they don’t use international time zones like everyone else does.
I keep saying to people, would you do a class for $500 and expect to be there with 500 others and never have your questions answered by the teacher. You wouldn’t be happy, so it makes you wonder why it is okay to do that on the internet. Mind you, when I signed up, I had no idea that so many people would be doing the course at the same time.
To be fair, I did start a new page and what she taught worked for a while, but it didn’t make money for me. Which is what it was meant to do. I suspect, with all these courses online that the only people making money are the people claiming to help you earn money. There are obviously enough people out there wanting to earn money from the internet that they can rip us all off. Okay, maybe I am being cynical, hard not to be. No more courses like that for me.
The two tripods I have had on loan from Sirui here in Australia have been sent back. I loved using them and think that while I like the @-2204 carbon fibre waterproof tripod the most, in the end I think I will get the model down. That would be the W-1204, if I was getting one for myself.
I am now looking into being a reseller. This will mean that if you are in Australia you could have the possibility of buying a tripod from me. I am excited about this, and hopefully will get it all set up soon.
If you saw the post on the weekend you will know I am trying out the Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens. I did try this lens out a couple of years. Though not this one, the previous version and I am happy to say this one is so much better. The autofocus is really good. The only time I had trouble was when there wasn’t anything for it to focus on, no lines or changes. I did have one place where I couldn’t get it to work at all, I had to use manual focus. I knew something was wrong, so when I looked at the lens I could see that the problem was I had switched the focus to manual. No idea how I did it, but it does happen.
The tele converter was great with it as well. I’ve never used one before, so it was good to experiment. I might have to look into getting one of my own.
It has been suggested to me by quite a few people that I should be doing more workshops. If you believe in signs, I think that might be true. I have been talking about them a lot and more and more people are signing up for them. It has been really good.
A new friend thinks I should offer some tours as well, ones that specialise in long exposure photography. So I might just do that, and start looking into the possibilities of running some.
There are going to be classes on learning how to use your camera. They are going to take a bit more working out on how to do them. What will be the best way. I know I have helped lots of other people figure how to use their camera, and I know I can do it, so I want to do more of that.
Perhaps some two day long exposure workshops to help people get the most out of Melbourne.
New workshop ideas
I also thought there might be people who would love to do some architectural tours with me. Photograph Melbourne my way. Take photos of the buildings that I love to photograph. I will have to plan a couple of different ones. The nice thing about these is that could also do these with your phone if you wanted.
So stay tuned, more to come on these.
Where to go next?
Well, I suspect I have answered that question. I do plan on blogging more, and trying to get more informative posts for you. I might try to get some sponsored posts as well. It is all up in the air right now. I will sort it all out. I hope you will enjoy coming along with me.