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I’ve really been out of the loop this past month!  I found a new hobby (knitting) and that (along with school and life) seemed to take me away from my computer a lot.  It was actually quite nice to have some reflection time away from my computer screen, but I decided it’s time to get back on track.

School ends in about a month, and after that I’m going to dedicate myself to iStock full-time.  I’m really excited to be able to put all of my effort into building my portfolio, but on the flip-side I’m nervous, too.  I make a small amount each month from iStock, but not nearly enough to pay for lots of good photo gear.  It’s tempting to get a job to pay for gear, but if I do that then I’m pulling myself away from photography … I feel like I’m in a catch-22.  I guess I’ll just have to struggle through it and hope that my iStock earnings start increasing!

I decided that if I’m going to get any new gear, I’m going to do it soon … like today.  I still have some extra cash this month and next, and I have a few things I would like to purchase.  My favorite lens, a Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 macro, just broke on me randomly last week so I think I’m going to upgrade to the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8.  The Nikon version is full-frame, whereas the Sigma is not, and while I only have an APS sensor right now, I’m sure I will upgrade to FF in the future.  The only downside to this upgrade is the cost … a whopping $1,500.  Yikes.  I’m also going to invest in some PocketWizards … I figure that it’s about time I get some.  (Plus I was just at an iStock mini’lypse this weekend and going to those always seems to make my photo-gear wish-list grow exponentially!) ;)