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Princess Alethea's Birthday Camera Fund

$310 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 11 people in 2 months

I would love to have a new camera for my birthday! The topmost reasons are: 1.) Because I am going Stormchasing again this May! and 2.) So I can reliably record Princess Alethea's Traveling Sideshow at DragonCon. Every year I have such anxiety over obtaining this one thing--the recordings from 2018 were extremely difficult to convert.  The recording from 2017 was completely lost altogether.

This year is the TENTH ANNIVERSARY of the Sideshow, so it's really important!!!

I'm still doing research on exactly what model of camera I want (Nikon, DSLR, 1080p for sure) and what sort of lenses (UV, telephoto, etc). I have a tripod, but I'll also need a microphone (or two?). This is why I've set my goal so high...I'm not 100% sure exactly how much all this is going to cost!

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Here's the story I'm sharing via Patreon tomorrow!

Hello, my loves!
One of my goals this first quarter is to get more of my Storm Chasing adventure content out to you. I'm glad I did as much as I could while we were on the road, but I still have journal entries to be transcribed and a TON of photos to sift through.
Since Chris Kridler and I plan on Storm Chasing again this year, I am trying to organize myself a little better.
1.) I need a decent watermark, as well as a quick and reliable way to use it on both my computer and phone.
2.) I need to keep better notes in my journal--specifically, the towns in which we stop every night.
3.) I need a camera.
Last year, Chris was wonderful enough to lend me one of her older, backup cameras to use. In addition to all the meteorology I learned on the road, I also received a crash course in how to use the camera.
Friends from school know that, in addition to writing, I've always loved taking pictures. I carried Dad's old Minolta around as a kid, with its huge telephoto lens, snapping sunsets and experimenting in black and white. I always drive with a camera in the passenger's seat. My camera case always had a sewing kit in the extra pocket, because I always had my camera with me (and I used that kit WAY more than I ever thought I would!).
For Christmas one year, my parents bought me a gorgeous Canon Rebel.
The very next year, DSLR cameras hit the market and the photography world went digital.
Very soon after that, my boyfriend at the time broke my Rebel.
I still rode with my little SureShot, but cameras on phones got better and better, so eventually I didn't need to. My hobby evolved into a reputation for taking great convention photos and selfies, and having a fabulous Instagram.
After Dragon Con this year, I realized how desperate my need was for a decent camera of my own that I could use to record the Sideshow. A friend from Nashville recommended "a decent DSLR."
Well, Chris knows about DSLRs for sure! So I asked Chris her thoughts. "You only really need a DSLR if you plan on taking pictures in addition to video," she told me. "And for what it's worth, you take great pictures."
I hold Chris in such high esteem that her compliment floored me. It forced me to remember that I was once quite the shutterbug. And I missed it.
So it's time.
Getting a camera like this is a HUGE investment. Not only do I need to find the right camera (Nikon, with 1080p video...but that's as far as I've gotten). I'll need some lenses, and a microphone for sure.
I'd also love photoshop...and a proper Powerbook on which to run Photoshop...but that's too much. For now, I'm going to concentrate on getting the camera.
To that end, I have set up a GoFundMe for my birthday in an effort to secure a camera.
As Patrons, you already support me, and I thank you. But if you're interested in throwing a few more dollars my way for my birthday (or sharing the link with your friends), it would be much appreciated.
To future adventures!!!
xox
~Princess Alethea
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