Back on Track

By | 2016-12-18T17:01:31+00:00 November 11th, 2008|0 Comments


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!) ;)

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,

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  1. Clayton Bruster November 11, 2008 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    I need to get away from the computer more. I spend way too much time with the keyboard in my hands and not enough time with the camera in my hands.

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