Well said. Maybe spend more time with your cam now, do more walk-arounds. See if you'll end up with the same composition, same framing, same emotions, etc before you click the shutter after you ORD. If all that has changed, than you have arrived, and welcome to the "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"...
Dun say PC/ OC. Maybe CO will also allow you to bring your cam, sign LOA for you, etc... Of cos must be prepared to do more work. When your platoon mates are sleeping, you may be "shopping" (photoshopping that is...)
The DIFFERENCE is not in the "Cue", it is in the SKILLS...
Canon 300D, 30D, 5D. 17-40 f4 L, 24-105 f4 L, 70-200 f2.8 L IS
Considering I'm going to ORD tomorrow, I've gotten this impression from the time spent in army: people with talents (especially multiple talents) are highly sought-after. If they find out what you're really good at, they'll milk you for what it's worth. Expect to be doing it more often than you'll like, and expect to do other things besides that. All of these are outside your job scope. And no, there will be no credit for it. No badge, no word of thanks, no extra pay, no off, no barrack rest...
If you are concerned about getting rewarded for your efforts, then forget it. BUT, if you want to remain active in photography, hone your skills, photograph willing subjects, get the chance to contribute, all at no monetary cost to you, then I say, go for it.
Oh, need I also mention that being a photographer makes all that training much more fun and worthwhile? Have a think over it. But the bottom line is, no, you do not need to give up photography while in NS.
I do not regret volunteering to be a photographer during my time of service. If I had to do it all over again, I'd still do everything the way I'd already done before.
Last edited by fWord; 8th March 2007 at 04:23 PM.
If they can carry Full gear and shoot, they should jolly well be in the combat service man!
"Photography is an austere and blazing poetry of the real" -Ansel Adams
#1. Plan your time during weekends, there's plenty of time to meet up with friends and commit to photography.
#2. Never volunteer to be a photographer for your unit no matter the promise of off in lieus. They never come.
#3. Once detected, you will be misused and worst getting screwed up-down-left-right-centre if the photos turn out bad or you miss out COL XXX/ LTC YYY/ MAJ ZZZ.
#4. SAF. Serve and F off. Do enough to stay out of trouble. Do not do more, there will always be more work for you.