Around May or June 2017, I got swayed by a friend to buy something from Amazon.com: a Sony super-zoom point-and-shoot camera that was on sale at the time. It was an impulse buy, but I’m such a sucker for photography gear that’s on sale. Plus, at the time I wasn’t too keen on lugging a heavy DSLR or the mirrorless camera with all those lenses when I cover Alden’s events. I gritted my teeth and bought it.
Said camera, whom I named Ama (because I bought it from Amazon; yes, I give names to my toys), has been my constant companion on gigs and events since then. It has never failed me.
Now, more than ever, I am so glad that I made that impulse buy. This palm-sized toy is a BEAST.
When we got confirmation that we have slots for Alden’s birthday episode at Eat…Bulaga!, I chose the Canon 100D mini-DSLR (whom I named Mini-GD) with 18-135mm kit lens as my gear of choice. I haven’t used Mini-GD for the longest time and I wanted to take high-quality photos to rekindle my confidence with my photography skills. EB is not strict when it comes to cameras so bringing in a DSLR is fine.
However, for some reason, my instincts told me that I should bring Ama, as well. It won’t add much to my ‘burden’, so to speak, because it’s so small it hardly has weight. And besides, I wasn’t sure if EB has changed its policies about cameras (they kinda imposed restrictions the last time I watched at the studio) so to be sure, I brought another reliable cam that I can sneak in.
Boy, am I glad I followed my instincts. I got seated at 5th row from the topmost tier. Mini-GD has a wide-to-telephoto lens, which wasn’t too bad especially when the subject was on the secondary stage. I was able to take decent shots, like so:
But then, the time came when most of the events were happening at the main stage, and the farthest that my zoom lens can reach are wide shots of the stage:
It wasn’t an issue at first. But then, someone whom I don’t want to waste space on my memory card made an appearance. I can’t crop her off the frame if I use Mini-GD with its shorter zoom.
It’s Ama to the rescue! I tucked Mini-GD in my bag and brought in the Sony super-zoom. It was pure bliss since then.
I never thought that it’s possible to watch a show via split-screen while at the studio, but there we are. I think the more accurate term would be ‘split stage’.
There might be some people who’ll chance upon this blog and say, “how dare her crop off our girl from her photos and pretend she didn’t exist on that show!” Well, number one, it’s my camera and I’ll do whatever I want with it. Two, it’s my blog and I’ll post whatever I want in it. Three, I’ve been branded as an A-OSF-slash-M-hater even if I wasn’t, so now I’ll give in to their whims and do exactly what they have branded me. The shippers have photos of the two from that show. Go there instead, you won’t find them here or on any of my social media pages.
And because I don’t want to end this blog entry on a sour note, let me post something pleasant. Taken by me using Ama at the January 6 episode of Sunday PinaSaya.