Simply Frugal…

“Photography is an expensive hobby!” Those were the words of almost everyone I told, about my desire to become an amateur photographer. In a sense, they were right: buying a descent camera and a pair of lenses was not cheap. I’ve experienced first-hand how money-consuming photography can be, but I’ve also experienced how amazing photography can be. After some small shoots here-and-there, I decided to put down my camera and focus on other priorities. However, my mother picked up “the kit” (as I like to call it) and made it her own. Ever since then, I’ve helped her out with her shoots, location scouting, and so on.

Recently, my mother’s been getting an interest in portrait photography. She began to look into light kits, but they were quite expensive: the most basic light kits can go for approximately $60 or more. Somehow, she ran into The Frugal Filmmaker‘s YouTube channel and the problem was suddenly fixed: Make a PVC Light Stand for Under $5 and Clamp Lighting. Sure, it’s not your typical fancy lighting system, but with some creativity and the will to make things work, it’s the perfect solution! With some simple PVC and clamp lights, you can have a nice little studio setup. Meanwhile, you can save up for a professional kit and probably buy yourself a couple cheeseburgers along the way.

If you’re into cinematography, have very little money for equipment, and don’t mind getting your hands a bit dirty,  The Frugal Filmmaker’s channel and blog  is definitely something you should look into.

P.S. We used four of these light stands and clamp lights for a program in church and they worked flawlessly!

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Acronyms…

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This past Sunday, MomentMatters made a post about acronyms.
These grouping of letters are meant to make life simpler for us by reducing the amount of words we’d have to write, type, and/or say. We use them in texts, verbal conversations, school, work, and almost everywhere else.

In MomentMatters’s World’s Worst Acronyms, the author states five of the worst acronyms ever made. Some are hysterically funny and others are just way too complex to say, but they are acronyms nevertheless. My personal favorite was MANPADS (Man-portable air-defense systems) since it sounds like a brand of sanitary pads for men!

Take a look at MomentMatter’s post; comment on which one is your favorite acronym; share with us some new acronyms; try counting how many acronyms you use during an average day.

We all agree that life’s much simpler with acronyms, right?