It’s been a fantastic few years of transitioning from my original M G Adams Photography to One Camera One Lens, and the new direction in both name and philosophy has led me on to better and better things. Everything changed, from mindset, to equipment and to the style of photography I do. But things are potentially changing this year so here is the plan. Where things go from here, I have no idea. But read on, and comments are welcome.
I love my photography, and I have done since I remember. Whether it was taking photos with a 35mm film camera, a 35mm disposable camera, digital camera or DSLR/Mirrorless camera. It doesn’t matter. I just love taking photos and always have. I’ve dabbled in making money with photography over the years, and it’s gone well, and I’ve done a lot for fun. I run a successful photography group that meet in person, and built that up from nothing and I have mostly enjoyed being a part of it in the 5 years it’s been running.
You would have all noticed a shift lately to video content. Yes, I’m trying my hand at being a YouTube photography blogger. I want it to be a bit different to other channels, and with each new video I am finding my feet. Long term, I want to combine this with my photography work.
I’m also much more interested in capturing “moments”, I’m not interested in hugely manipulating images and turning them into “art”, I just want to capture beautiful, natural images and print them out. Hence my new Fujifilm Instax Evo camera. This is going to be my main camera for general use in the future, with my X-T3 used for filming and for shoots where a 28mm, 5mp camera just won’t do!
I’ve grown pretty much bored of the whole film simulations thing, and I won’t be concentrating on that anymore. I still have a couple that I need to get out there and share, and I will still dabble with them, but I am starting to see them all look the same lately. So, when I do release them, they will be because they are very different. Truth is, I use my Colour Chrome+ recipe 99% of the time, and it’s perfect for all occasions.
I run three large Facebook groups, which I enjoy and will keep being involved in. I have an Instagram account which I am using more and more and of course I share images on my Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Now the big one. From the end of August, I will be looking for employment as my two boys will both be in full time school. Although I can make money in photography, I just don’t have the patience to pursue it full time, so I’ll be having a regular job (if I can find one!). That will mean at that point, something will have to give. Of course, being a normal person means I have more than my photography in my life. I enjoy spending time with the family, watching movies and playing video games, which all share time with photography. In the crowded space that will be my life from August, I will be doing a lot less on the photography side to ensure I don’t miss out on the other things.
At this point I have to ask myself. Do I continue to pay for my website domain? I often link to a payment option on my blogs to fund me (“Buy me a coffee”), but, it seems no one cares enough for this. So, this could be the last year of the onecameraonelens.com domain. Of course, the WordPress equivalent domain will remain. There’s a lot to think about. And I’m quite sad that things might change, knowing how well my photography is being received throughout the World.
In the meantime, I will keep things going as per-usual. A photo-based article and YouTube vlog during the week (when I get out) and a general article on weekends. I have a lot written and to share, so there’s plenty to come yet.
Thanks all for reading.
I am a semi-professional photographer who runs a weekly meeting photography group as well as numerous Facebook groups (Great Photography Walks South Wales and Fujifilm Lovers Worldwide Group). I also have a brand-new blog website dedicated to various other things which I like to call The Ramblings Of A Welshman. I hope you can join me there; you might find it interesting! You’ll find my YouTube Channel Here!