The end is coming, or perhaps its already here

The photography industry is approaching its end… everyone sees it coming, but perhaps most choose not to “see” it and still trying hard to crunch out as many camera models as possible every year. Having worked closely with the printing and photography industry in my current job for the past year, I get to see some data and forecast that pretty much shows the same as what you read from photography sites and forums. Sales declined, loss making, market shrunk, people are no longer buying cameras, the list goes on.

We’ve seen giants like Canon and Nikon struggling, we’ve seen long time camera makers like Olympus selling off its camera division. Even though we are living in a world where more and more video contents are flooding our screen, less and less of them were shot from a traditional camera. Smartphone has killed compact digital camera, and it will soon be killing entry level and amateur grade cameras as well. In the very near future, only serious hobbyist and professional photographer/videographer will remain as consumer of camera gears, while the rest would probably have moved on shooting with their smartphone.

Most companies are trying their best to diversify their products and portfolio. Fujifilm has a separate medical arm and cosmetic division, while Sony is making a fortune by selling its camera sensor to smartphone makers. It remains to be seen who will be the last few survivors in the end. How do you see the future would unfold? Who will you be placing your bet on? For me… I better start distancing myself from the dying industry before its too late 😛 Anyone hiring???

Some updates moving forward

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I have spent some time thinking about what’s next for this site. Ultimately, this is just a place for me to journal my journey in life, in photography and in this ever changing world. I have zero intention to monetise the site, or to transform it into something like a side hustle. With that said, I have made some decision to make some changes here moving forward.

First of all, the domain name will be gone, funnybunnyphotography.blog will cease to exist by early 2021 when the domain subscription expires. It will revert back to the old funnybunnyphotography.wordpress.com URL. It’s been a great few years holding on to the domain. The reason for dropping the domain? Well, this is part of my digital minimalism exercise for now. It’s okay, even if the domain got taken away in the future, I’m totally fine with it.

Next, regarding the content of this site. The more personal posts and posts that are written in Chinese will be gone. I have decided to host those on a separate page instead. Yes, I know, I was the one who merged them earlier but in the end, it doesn’t really work well in my opinion. Therefore, is time to make the split. For those who want to read on those contents, kindly follow this link to my new personal site which will be fully in Chinese.

What will happen here? I will still continue to post on weekly basis until the end of this year. That’s my commitment to myself. Next year onwards, I will continue to post here, but it will not be on weekly basis for sure. Thoughts, sharing, photography and so on will still continue to pour in, and I will keep this place alive.

That’s about it for now. Will keep everyone posted if there’s any other new changes in my plan. Till then, stay safe and take care.

I don’t need followers

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Yes, I said it and I mean it. Often I saw people comparing how many “followers” they have on their social media platform such as YouTube and Instagram, but for me, I don’t really care. As mentioned in other post, the reason I continue this blog is mostly a journal for myself, and if my experience or knowledge can be of help for others, then it’s good. Otherwise, it’s totally okay if it left unnoticed by people.

I don’t monetise any of my social media channels, in fact I rarely connect and communicate with people who visit my channels and commented on it. Although I tried to provide courtesy reply from time to time, but honestly I don’t really care. Most of them just dropped by hoping you will actually visit their site so that they can gain traffic anyway. While some left comments with no substance to it, which to me… I don’t even know why they commented in the first place. So why bother?

I do know there are a few frequent followers that visit my site regularly, I saw a glimpse of the stats on the dashboard every time I login to WordPress. To them, I would like to say thank you for your support and I hope that you will continue to enjoy the content of my blog. Will I ever change my approach to the blog? Well, unless I’m planning to make a business out of it, which I think I won’t, otherwise it will stays and remains the same, hopefully for the years to come. Till then.

Mind your own business

In the age of social media, posts shared will normally be flooded with comments and reactions (like, dislike, love, angry etc.). We were conditioned to give a fuck on everything, to react on everything we saw, to type away comments without even thinking through our mind.

Of course, that’s the whole point of “social” media right? Some may argue, but browsing through and you will realize how much of those comments were real conversation, and how much of those were just rubbish. The more we react, the more our data are captured by the platform, and ultimately the more information about ourselves were leaked to those platform to sell it for a profit. But that’s a whole other discussion for another day.

What I’m trying to point out here is: there is no need for us to react to everything. The same goes to the photography world. When someone posted their work, shared their view, if you think they are poorly done, you can give a constructive comment instead of replying: “crap” for instance. If you don’t plan to provide valuable feedback, one might as well don’t react to it and just keep things to yourself.

I’m not asking everyone to stop commenting or reacting to something. Instead, provide quality comments when you intend to react to something, spur discussion, that way everyone can learn and benefit from it. If you do not plan to provide valuable input, you might as well just mine your own business.

This was part of the reason why I’m reducing my screen time on social media, it felt more toxic and taxing to visit one, and I just want to cut the crap out of my life so that I won’t be “reacting” to them as well. Anyway, you view could be different from me, so feel free to have some constructive discussion on this topic if you wish to. Till then.

Digital Minimalism

I’m certainly not the best to talk about this topic, but I’ll just share what I did for the past months in trying to de-clutter my digital life.

First off, deleting apps from my phone. Rarely used, unused apps were all deleted. I used to keep apps that perform unit conversion or currency conversion, but since I can do that easily from web browser anyway, so I have deleted those.

For productivity apps, I try to keep those apps that can make me do more than just one task, effectively making them a 3-in-1 app. For example, I have deleted Excel, Power Point and Word and replace them with the new Office app, which is a lite version of all those 3 apps combined in one.

Reducing social media usage has always been part of my goal too. I have pulled my Instagram account to be private, and no longer spending time scrolling through the ads flooded feed. That left me with only Facebook, which I tried my very best to reduce my time on it as well.

In terms of other life matters, I have decluttered my iMac and external hard disk, a task that took me years to finally get it done. Now everything seems to be more organized. Couple with my continuing effort of reducing subscription services and unwanted apps from my iMac, things just get simpler and less chaotic now.

That leaves me with one last thing to deal with… and that’s my work laptop from my office! Okay, we’ll deal with it some other days. Till then.