of course there are different stages, even pro say they are still learning (trying to be humble), but keep in mind they are school children, whose expenditure are born by their parents.
Now, do the guys having soccer as their CCA must have shoes like the pro players? They dont mind of course but they can still play even they are wearing Bata.
My best experience playing "football" is in kampong, and bricks stacked as goalposts, no referee, and ball made from plastics bags and newspaper rolled to resemble a ball and rubber to keep them together. Best when it goes offsite into longkang ... and we got an earfull from our mothers after the game. "Lifebuoy" (soap brand) moments. That is not even CCA. Self-funded.
A pair of decent studded shoes from popular brands such as Nike or Adidas can be had for +/- $100. And I think it is a requirement for them to purchase these shoes. Have not seen any school player playing in an official match with white canvas shoesNow, do the guys having soccer as their CCA must have shoes like the pro players?
Yup I know, I was speaking within the context of Siingapore
This is true, however, if I am learning and I were to choose between:
1. Digital PnS
2. Film SLR
Choice (2) will win hands down.
I think a good compromise will be a second hand first/second generation DSLR, anyone knows the price of a 2nd hand D100/D70/D30/D60/S1pro/S2pro? I think all of these will be a good balance.
In the past, I used to record the settings used before comparison; but yes it is tedious. That was after I bought this expansion card for the 700si that records the settings for me hehe
Just to add on, http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showt...highlight=D100
Someone is selling a D100 for S$300. Dont tell me that a person wanting to learn can't even fork out S$300. Any PnS with manual functions will already be more expensive than that.
And, I'm still using my D100 for studio work. It is MORE than enough for learning.
i don't think youngsters these days have the patience to wait for the film to be processed
1. Passion, without it nothing is possible
Basically, I'm just repeating what others have said. Do you have passion for photography? Or do you have a passion to improve photography cca? What about the members? Do they have the passion? If there's insufficient equipment, what would someone with passion do? Suppose a not well to do student saves up to buy a camera, supose he skips his meals in order to get a camera, is that passion?
Basically, you are at point A, you want to go to B. And without passion, it's impossible. And if everyone in a team has passion, it will make it easier to reach B. This is teamwork.
2. Passion, with it you don't have to work a day in your life
Supose a waiter, he has passion for his job. What happens? Basically, he's not working anymore. Why? Because it's not a job anymore. Go for outings, just shoot more, participate in fun activities as a team. Build bonds. Have fun. Enjoy photography. Don't worry too much about the lack of equipment or what equipment u have/ or have not.
Far too many people become photographers because they love cameras and film and computers and all the gadgetry Ö but Ansel Adams didnít make stunning photographs of Yosemite because he loved cameras! He made stunning photographs of Yosemite because he loved Yosemite!
Once u have passion, others will see/feel it. CCA will expand. Funding might be easier to get. Competitions might even be won. A year from now, say if the CCA expands, got new equipment, 10 D3Xs, spacious studio, darkroom, Leicas, whatever, you reached point B but the level of your passion is still the same as before. But without passion, what's the point?
Or maybe u can get ur CCA a shelf along the school corridor and buy some of those older film SLR and put them up on the shelf and put up posters of old camera's and maybe that could attract students attention and maybe it might even rub some interest on them.. because i myself oso love those older Film SLR like f2,fm2 etc etc despite owning a DSLR myself.. I jus looks 'Cool' HAHA!
Nikon D300|MB-D10|Nikon F2|Nikon 24-70mm f2.8G ED|Nikon 70-210mm f/4-5.6 AF-D|SB-80DX|Next:70-200mm
it dpeends on the person, some people learn better with gradual steps, some can go into the water right away.
i think it depends. actually i started off with a canon powershot a5xx (can't remember model number).. those were fun days, doing silly stuff like balancing the camera at the side of nicoll highway to shoot traffic trails.
To each his own, but I think there's a difference between seriously learning photography, and taking photographs for fun as a prelude to learning photography as part of the learning process.
I started photography with a PnS, Yashica Zoomtec 90, whilst I did have fun doing things similar to what you are mentioning; but I won't consider those times as seriously learning photography.
I guess the definition of the word "learning" differs from individual to individual.
Can't you photograph the school compound at sunset/sunrise from an opposite HDB, print out a nice big photo, frame it and present it to the Principal? Just make sure it's a cheery inspirational photo, not dark and gloomy la. Which other CCA can give an advertisment 24/7. NPCC cadet guarding the door or potted plants from the Gardening Club maybe?
Accept the fact the photography club is there to support other CCAs. Since you're not getting real support you should make the case that you all do good work and are indispensable to the school. Go through each CCA and shoot a good portfolio of images. Approach their teacher-in-charge, share the pics and get their support for you. If they can tell the Principal "Hey the Photography Club shot these great pictures!", "I want to use them on so-and-so event" Isn't that free advertisement also. When they put up the photographs in the website, ask the webmaster to credit the club. It's just 1 small line per page, I'm sure he won't mind.
Experimenting with smoke and water drops are fine to attract the club members but they should know the current situation isn't to their advantage. Hiding away in the clubroom is not going to get the affirmation you need from the school board. Be seen and recognised! You guys have Tees now right, all the better no? As long as you all are active, not hiding somewhere doing your own things, people can see you're hardworkers. Have a plan, have a schedule. If you must, meet with your teacher-in-charge and Vice-Principal/Principal. Say this is the Club's direction, we have a schedule and these are the activities we're implementing. Stress you have no funding, but will make results nonetheless. Then next time lament, this is good but you'll be better with funding. They are like some parents lor, if you can give concrete reason for spending they will allow for it. Get serious with the adults and they're forced to take notice. Show who's in charge.
The pictures do not have to be record shots. All CCAs have their equipment, uniforms, etc. The school itself has so many other goodies. The science labs, design & technology workshop? Play dress up or something, get the teachers involved. Learn composition and lighting that way. No flash, use continous light, use natural light. 50+ pple in the club someone can surely do something. So much manpower, use them first. If they don't want to do or play punk then kick them off the club. Have your core team send them out for mini-projects or something. Tell them you need lights to shoot the science lab but have no money for flash, go do research how to solve the problem. Solve time, location and resources. No camera to shoot does not mean no brain to imagine, or eye to see. If they prepare everything, maybe the incentive is they get to do the shoot, one of you to supervise. The result may be campy or unrealistic, it doesn't matter. That's the whole photographic process to me. Developing film or learning DoF is a very small part.
Work triple hard first, when you get the funding and all, then enjoy the fruits of labour and shoot whatever you like. Cheers and good luck!