Grateful Dad #6: Cameras and Photography

February 04, 2022

In this edition of Grateful Dad, I recall my love for cameras as well as photography as a hobby.

In the not-so-distant past, I considered myself as an aspiring photographer more than a blogger. I love photography and my gadget-of-choice is a camera. Back then, I took photos and shared them on my blog. I didn’t write stories and supported them with photographs; I posted pictures and supported them with a short story.

Grateful for cameras and the joy of photography

Grateful Dad #6: Cameras and Photography

Don’t get me wrong, I already loved to write back then but I wasn’t as polished as I am now. It’s no secret that I started this blog to hone my writing skills. I’m not a journalism or communications graduate and, being in the field of marketing, I felt that I needed to be able to diversify my writing style.

What I meant is I could write press releases but that was the only style I knew back then. I wanted to be able to write more lifestyle or feature stories instead of just news items.

Anyway, with photography, it was something else. I felt that I could tell a more meaningful story with a single image. I felt that I had more control over it as compared to my budding writing skills. As such, I invested in cameras. Never mind if I were using a lousy phone. I felt that I had the power if I carried a good camera with me.

I even told a friend that I would never post anything on social media that is taken with a phone camera. I only posted photos taken by a proper camera.

I had a Sony Cybershot point and shoot that my mother gave to me. I took so many good photos with it until it finally gave up. I used it for my usual Friday hangouts with friends, during company events, and even on ordinary days. I kept it handy in my bag as I waited for the perfect subject to shoot. I felt like a pro photographer!

After that Sony Cybershot, I got myself a used Canon 300D because I felt like leveling up my skills. I played around with the manual settings of my Canon 300D and eventually got to learn all the basic principles and terms used in advanced photography.

Somewhere along the way, I dreamed of becoming a travel photographer and going on an adventure around the world. I don’t know why I didn’t pursue it but I think I might’ve gotten self-critical again and told myself that I cannot do it.

I had the Canon 300D for around three years. However, since it was an old and used camera, it soon showed signs of wear and tear.

That’s when I decided to purchase a compact advanced point and shoot camera, a Nikon CoolPix P340. This one is my favorite because it was able to merge advanced camera settings and a compact form factor. I could easily bring it anywhere and shoot photos to my heart’s content.

That Nikon CoolPix P340 had been my trusty camera for most of my travels. I was also very interested in food photography, long before Instagram became a thing. I used to post food photos on Multiply, Tumblr, and Flickr, while my travel photos went into this blog.

I had the Nikon CoolPix P340 with me for close to eight years, I think, until some quirks began to show. Eventually, the screen just showed an error message when I turned it on. That’s when I decided that it has served its purpose.

Anyway, mobile phone cameras have come a long way so I use mostly my phone's camera to take photos these days. Just the same, I still would want to buy a good camera when I finally have the budget for it. I have to prioritize my family first. Ah, the joys of adulthood.

To close, I’d just like to share some seriously delicious food shots of this brie cheese from a brand called “President.” It’s really good, creamy, and a little chewy. We love to eat this as a dessert that we enjoy after dinner.

Grateful for President brie cheese
President cheese brand

I wish we could always enjoy this brie cheese all the time but it was only available in the supermarket. I mean, it wasn’t available for grocery delivery.

Delicious brie cheese
Brie cheese

Do you like photography, too? What’s your favorite subject? Feel free to share them in the comment section below.

Grateful for the love of photography

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  1. Joaquin Eli Bacod4 February 2022 at 08:02

    hilig ko dn ang kumuha ng pictures or video , pero hndi ko tlga mgawa ung mgndang kuha . Kya gusto ko dn ung bagong phone na mgnda tlga ang camera pero need muna unahin ang family . Mgaganda ung mga photography niyo and ung mga share niyo dito . Nkaka amazed ❤️😍

  2. Natakam ako sa President cheese brand ang ganda pa ng kuha😍mahilig din po ako sa photography kaso yun lang wala ako talent kaya nag practice pa din po.