Ode to the Meltdown
It’s getting to the point where I have to ask… Are any of the other working photographers out there starting to feel the effects of this so-called economic meltdown? Business is so bad right now I’m considering going back to school for computer programming so I can have something to fall back on, because unless things get better for my clients, it won’t be long after their next round of layoffs that the photo budget is next on the chopping block. Things must be worse than I thought, because even some of my most-established clients are having serious problems.
So… Any programmers out there have advice on where to get started? Keep in mind that the last time I learned to code, it was with BASIC. heh.
The programming thing isn’t just some random idea. I’ve been a computer geek since I was eleven years old, and I’ve always wanted to learn to code. I just never got around to getting started because I always had other things on my plate.
In the mid-nineties, I spent some time as a web designer for a local internet firm, and lately I’ve had a lot of good ideas for sites that I want to start. The only problem is that designing websites now is nothing like it was in 1996. It isn’t good enough to just know HTML, and the entire process is a lot more complicated.
I’m thinking that if I go back to school to satiate my geeky knowledge needs, I may be able to launch some of my visualized business ideas by doing them myself without having to spend a fortune on custom code.
Oh, and I’d also like to make some iPhone apps.