One of the many challenges of being in Public Relations is the task of taking pictures. It is not as simple as it sounds, really. You have to know precisely when to click. Besides that, you also have to make sure that you have the right lighting, the right angle, and steady hands to boot. Or you lose a milestone altogether.
Our Human Resources Manager told me earlier this month that he was afraid I might not be able to take pictures effectively, which would be one of my new tasks in the PR department. Albeit with bruised ego, I suggested that the company should send me, together with other PR staff, to a basic photography course. He thought it was a bright idea as long as classes would not interfere with work. So, after our conversation, I started scouting for classes on weekends. As of this writing, the only organization I found that is offering classes on weekends is the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. It offers weekend basic photography classes at an affordable price of Php 3,000 only. Classes are held every Sunday for five consecutive weeks at the FPPF Art Center in the quaint Intramuros. Just thinking about it makes me very excited.
The course requires each student to have an SLR or a DSLR camera. Since the company owns three DSLRs, it won’t be a problem at all. It is ironic, though, that the PR department doesn’t own one. The New Projects group and the Planning department each own a Canon (don’t know which model, sorry) and the General Affairs department owns a Sony DSC F828. I am currently using the Sony, but I am not really satisfied with the picture quality. I have to admit, though, that I am not very knowledgeable with all its functions yet.
One of my immediate goals is to purchase a DSLR for PR department’s use. After reading a little from here and there, I am mulling over getting a Nikon D40.
It is definitely not nouveau but I have read many good reviews about it, which makes me want to go right now to the nearest shop that has it so I can see for myself. I read that it is still the best entry-level and the most economical DSLR in the market. I have seen sample photos taken with it, and they are simply fantastic. Even non-pros delivered great shots. It is also compact and user-friendly. Priced at around $ 400 to $ 500 only, the Nikon D40 is definitely the best buy.
With the photography classes and the Nikon D40 in mind, I am overwhelmed with much anticipation (and optimism!) as I await my formal transfer. Click, click!