Almost wildlife migration season again and time to pull out the camera and start photographing. Between wildlife photography and landscape photography, there is a lot of photography needing to be done between now and April of 2015.
Between losing a lot of images on memory stick and pretty much having to save up for a new computer hard-drive (which we still have yet to purchase), the photography is at a stand-still. The simple fact is: you have to have a reliable infrastructure in place to be able to save and edit your images and to be able to retain them. I'm currently considering a multi-core computer with lots of RAM which will enable me to have more photos open at a time and conduct multiple tasks without freezing. This computer that I have currently is not making me happy at the moment as it tends to freeze without much prodding. Let's just say a video/photo editing workhorse of a computer is in the cards. Such a computer is an absolute necessity as video is going to play a much larger part in the business down the road. With that as a requirement; I will be looking at getting some high-cap HD drives, as well as considering the possibility of using a solid state drive (SSD) as my main operating drive for my operating system and my main programs such as Photoshop Elements, Lightroom (which I still have to get) and Nik Photo Bundle.
Also a macro lens will be needed eventually as well as a 14-24mm f/2.8 (the second of the triumvirate). I'm currently out on the 24-70mm f/2.8 because I'm not too sure yet if that's a focal range that I'm going to be making a lot of use of and wondering if I just might be able to slip by with the 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 workhorse that was my go-to-wide-angle before my 50mm f/1.8 came along (though technically the 50mm is just a standard prime lens and not really a wide-angle; I just find that the 50mm f/1.8D does much better bokeh.
But all of it comes down to the direction in which I want this business to go. Do I go video or do I go photography? Nowadays many people are doing both. It's something that is going to require a lot more thinking through. Thankfully I have a lot of caffeine on hand. That might help.