12 Struggles Of Being A Photographer

12 Struggles Of Being A Photographer

Manual mode is still not my friend.

Anyone can walk into their local Best Buy or hop onto Amazon and check out any camera they want, assuming they are fortunate enough to have the money to do so. This makes for a ton of people just like me--those who have a wonderful, professional-quality camera but, at times, we feel like we have no idea what we're doing. Taking photos is my absolute favorite thing to do and, even though I've had this camera for more than 5 years, I still discover new settings to try out and inevitably get frustrated with.

1. Not being quite sure how to work your camera

5 years and counting--Manual Mode is still not my friend.

2. Getting frustrated at iPhone photography

Why is it that I can spend thousands of dollars on a camera and fancy lenses and someone can take photos just as crisp and beautiful on their phones? Not fair.

3. Being jealous of someone who has no interest in pursuing photography having a nicer camera than you


4. Slowly realizing how much cameras/accessories cost

The struggle is real.

5. Trying to get people to notice your hard work without feeling like you're bragging too much

I absolutely hate talking about myself, so this is definitely up there for me.

6. Finding people who don't mind having to stay in a pose while you get everything just the way you want it

Again, actually knowing how to work your camera is a big help with this.

7. Being as stealth as possible while photographing random people/their kids

Everyone act natural.

8. Missing the perfect shot

Whether it's because the sun changed positions or something else, this is definitely the most frustrating thing.

9. People thinking, "How hard can it be to point a camera at something and press a button?"

How about I hand this thing to you on Manual and we'll see how you do, huh?

10. Standing in the middle of the road and hoping you don't get run over

Go ahead, hit me, pay for my tuition.

11. The awkward moment when you're trying to take a photo and people are waiting to walk in front of you and there's just too much pressure to concentrate

Especially if you're in a weird crouching position trying to get the perfect angle.

12. Making all your friends wait for you while you pause to take a picture everywhere you go

This is what best friends are for, right?

To anyone out there who has experienced these struggles, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

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11 Oddball Restaurants You Need To Visit

Taiwan's Modern Toilet Restaurant has a sh*tload of awesome food. Pun Intended.

When thinking about themed restaurants, places that may come to mind are the Rainforest Cafe or the number of retro, old-fashioned diners where they waitresses parade around in rollerskates. But you may not have heard about these 11 unique restaurants and bars:

1. The Lovecraft Bar in Portland, Oregon

This horror-themed music venue and bar has endless amounts of demonic symbols, unique decorations, and themed nights that aren't for the conservative.

2. Cereal Killer Cafe in London

This cafe will have you hungry and nostalgic as you enjoy unique cereal and milk combos.

3. H.R. Giger Museum Bar in Gruyères, Switzerland

This "museum" isn't just any old museum. It's a skeletal museum bar in an ancient castle. It's said to make you feel like you're in a darker version of the tale "Jonah and The Whale," — like you're in the "belly of a fossilized, prehistoric beast."

4. Unicorn & Narwhal in Seattle, Washington

Unicorn & Narwhal are two carnival themed bars that are sure to fulfill your childhood dreams with their whimsical menus, mini arcades, claw machines, photo booths, and themed events.

5. Modern Toilet Restaurant in Taiwan

Here, you sit on a toilet bowl, drink out of a toilet bowl and, yes, eat out of a toilet bowl.

6. Heart Attack Grill in Vegas, Nevada

Enjoy sumo burgers, wine IVs, and giant shots (well...jello shots, that is). Over 350 pounds? Enjoy a meal or drinks on the house.

7. Wilson and Wilson in San Francisco, California

Hidden inside the prohibition-themed restaurant Bourbon & Branch, this bar will have you fooled and thinking you're at an actual private detective agency. Unless you reserve your spot and your names on the list, you won't be allowed inside.

8. HandleBar in Austin, Texas

Everyone is v-hairy excited about the handlebar themed bar. Alright... that was a t-hairable joke. I'm done, I sw-hair.

9. Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium in Atlanta, Georgia

Sister Louisa wasn't your average nun. Her Emporium sells boozy beverages and her own art to those who have the pleasure of visiting.

10. The Green Dragon Inn in Hobbiton, New Zealand

This pub recreates the exact look and feel of the one seen in the Lord of the Rings movie series. It can be visited as part of the Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tour, which allows visitors to experience The Shire™ and the home of the Hobbits™, as featured in "The Lord of the Rings "and " The Hobbit" Trilogies.

11. Bugs Café in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ever wondered what a fried tarantula tastes like? Probably not... but you can find out here! They remove the poisonous parts of the bugs before preparing the whole tarantulas, crickets, scorpions, grasshoppers, ants, bees, silkworms and more for their customers.

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Why I Won't Shut Up About 'One Day At A Time'

And why it's so important right now.

Ask any of my friends, I highly recommend watching One Day At A Time on Netflix. Honestly, I won’t shut up about it. Let me tell you about it! The show is based on the 1975 sitcom of the same name, following a divorced mother, her family, and their building superintendent.

The show is a comedy, and that's not a lie. The jokes are really funny and relatable, which is rather typical for a sitcom, but these jokes are next level. I've literally had to pause the show to laugh at and recover from a joke.

While there is quite a bit of comedy, the tears will flow (honestly, brace yourself). Many sitcoms tackle social issues, but this is where the show really stands out from any other current show. Each character brings their own dense storyline that incorporates everyday issues many people face but are not typically or correctly represented in television.

Let's start with Mom. Penelope Alvarez is a veteran, a recently divorced mother, and a nurse. Penelope is chock-full of hilarious mom jokes, motherly advice, and love for her family. Her storyline focuses on her status as a veteran and how that has affected her mental health and relationships. The show's portrayal of depression is more accurate than I've really ever seen on any show. Along with this, her job as a nurse, and taking care of her family, Penelope is a rock whose life is never boring.

Moving on to the funniest character of the show, Lydia. Lydia is Penelope's mother who immigrated as a child from Cuba with many other unaccompanied minors fleeing the country. It is later revealed that she is still undocumented, but she works hard to attain citizenship. She is a dancer, a mother, and prime comedic relief. 10/10 character, honestly.

Next up, Elena Alvarez, the ultra-liberal fifteen-year-old daughter. Elena quite accurately represents what growing up and figuring out your sexuality is like. The first season primarily deals with her coming out process, how she deals with her family's varying reactions, and her quinceañera. The second season brings Elena a job and a nonbinary girlfriend, which is fitting as the last episode of the first season centers around her quinceañera, a ceremony celebrating a girl becoming a woman.

Baseball-loving, cello playing, preteen son, Alex, during the first season, provided a partner in comedy for Lydia and a provocateur for Elena. But in the second season, he is the first character shown to be directly affected by racism. Especially now, talking about latina discrimination is extremely important. An entire episode is dedicated to the issue and discusses how to handle the situation correctly without escalating it.

Finally, Schneider, namesake of the 1975 series, provides silly comedy and a different prospective, the white male prospective. Schneider is the Alvarez's landlord, who was born into wealth and has a history of addiction. He is often blinded to the issues of racism and money problems, but through his friendship with the Alvarez's, he is enlightened. Schneider shows how easy it is to not realizes things are bad if they don't affect you.

Plus, the theme song is great and gets stuck in your head.

Now, go watch it on Netflix!!!

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