harnessing the power of photography for good


Do You Own A Camera?


Do you believe that 90% of people have only taken photos on a camera phone versus a camera? In the article I was reading the author said he did not believe the statistic was true. I think his opinion is coming from a very American point of view. The statistic was not referenced so there is no way to know where it came from. However, there are other statistics that are well documented. Like the fact that more than 1.3 billion people live in extreme poverty barely surviving on less than $1.25 a day. And nearly ½ of the world’s population, more that 3 billion people, live on less that $2.50 a day. Overall 80% of the world population lives on less than $10 a day. These people are not spending their money on cameras. However, they are spending money on the ability to communicate. More people on earth have access to cell phones than toilets. Out of the world’s estimated 7 billion people, 6 billion have access to mobile phones. It has been amazing to watch the increase in mobile phone around the world over the past 15 years. These phones are not iphones with high quality cameras.


Because people don’t have cameras they don’t have printed pictures of themselves. We at MissionFocused know this first hand as we interact with people we are talking photos of. We did not just want to be another bunch of photographers who come into a village and get a kick out of how the kids react when we show a few photo to them on the camera. Our desire is to leave them with a lasting image of themselves.


This man told us he had one other photo of himself. Thank you Canon for making these nice little portable printers.cjoy-00942

Here are a few of the women who were thankful for their photos.



Photopeeps :: Intro to Photo Fun

Photopeeps:: Intro to Photo Fun!  Classes begin this Wednesday

The fun is about to begin…Our 6 week Intro to Photo Fun classes are beginning this week, in Rm 353 at the Rock.

All are welcome and classes are FREE!


~Please bring your camera and camera manual to class with you each week.

~A digital camera is preferred, but if all you have is a Polaroid camera, your more than welcome to join us.  ‘

~Each week we will be taking photos in class and you will be assigned homework assignments that you will   share in class the following class session.

~Be ready to share.  The class is meant to be fun and part of the fun is sharing photos we take and learning from each other as we share.

~Before you come this Wednesday, make sure your camera is ready to use and battery is fully charged with a memory card that is ready to use.

This Wednesday we will be talking about the Intro to Fun classes as a whole and what’s expected, and we will be talking about “the Camera.”   No camera, no photos.  No photos, no photo fun!

All are welcome, even those who don’t consider themselves as beginners.  There’s something to learn for everyone.

Any questions, please leave a comment or email us at MISSION.focused@yahoo.com

last official photo peeps class of the year this wed nite at the rock church so dont miss it or you will be sad…

photo peeps, this wed nite, 7pm, room 352 at the rock.  come and have fun with us!

this will be our last official class, concluding our intro to photography series.  now that weve talked about the basics of the camera and photo composition…we will be talking about photo gear and equipment.

it will be a time to talk about cameras, lenses, flahses, tripods and other fun stuff.  we will be discussing the pros and cons of buying new vs. used equipment.  and whether you should buy locally, like at our friends at nelson photo in little italy, or buy online.  and things you should think about before you buy.

photography is fun!

rules are nice, but not set in stone.  its fun to break the rules every now and then.

but when it comes to buying gear…if the deal is too good to be true, it probably is!  buyer beware!

and just because you spent $5k on a brand new camera and lens package doesnt mean your gonna be the next ansel adams or jim wanglund.  learn to use and master what you got, learn to take photos that you like and are happy with…then no matter what you “upgrade”  to (a new camera) or “downgrade” to (a pinhole camera), you will have more fun!

we will also be sharing photos from our recent outing to balboa park on saturday nite as well.  come and have fun with us this wed nite.

any questions feel free to email us  photoministry@therocksandiego.org

hope to see yall this wed

Canon Days this Weekend at Calumet Escondido

Friday and Saturday, November 5 and 6: Two-Day Canon Event at All Locations

Free tech advice, hands-on demonstrations and the inside scoop on Canon’s newest releases. Special promotions will also be available — we can’t announce them until right before the event! Offers will be available at our retail locations, through our website and by calling 1.800.CALUMET

Canon Introduces Some New Toys…

The new Canon EOS 60D

With the new EOS 60D DSLR, Canon gives the photo enthusiast a powerful tool fostering creativity, with better image quality, more advanced features and automatic and in-camera technologies for ease-of-use. It features an improved APS-C sized 18.0 Megapixel CMOS sensor for tremendous images, a new DIGIC 4 Image Processor for finer detail and excellent color reproduction, and improved ISO capabilities from 100 – 6400 (expandable to 12800) for uncompromised shooting even in the dimmest situations. The new Multi-control Dial enables users to conveniently operate menus and enter settings with a simple touch. The EOS 60D also features an EOS first: A Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (1,040,000 dots) monitor for easy low- or high-angle viewing. An improved viewfinder, a number of new in-camera creative options and filters, plus HDMI output for viewing images on an HDTV all make the EOS 60D invaluable for the evolving photographer. With continuously curved surfaces, user-friendliness and exuding solidity and refinement, the EOS 60D is true digital inspiration!

The new EOS 60D

Canon 8-15 F/4  fisheye lens

New Canon 300mm 2.8New Canon 400mm 2.8

Tech Tuesday: Shoot Taylor Swift

I’m not ashamed to admit that I listen to Taylor Swift. In fact, we usually play her, or Carrie, during our Military Monday Shoots. Anyways Sony in their desperate attempt to take me away from Nikon has a new cybershot with Taylor’s autograph engraved on it. Thankfully they were on backorder and I didn’t make the mistake of dishing out $500 plus the costs of memory sticks which would have caused my early death due to my wife strangeling me leaving Hayden an orphan as she spent her life in jail . . .

Anyways the cool marketing behind this camera allows you to shoot Taylor Swift’s face, with the camera, and then she’ll personalize it and autograph it for you, what a sweetheart. Have fun . . .


25% off moo cards

moo cards are sweet.  they make business cards in diff sizes as well as postcards and other types of stationary… i ordered some moo cards 2 months ago and was so impressed with what i got, i ordered more (the discount they had didnt hurt)

they are running another promotion till monday april 12,  25% off 200 pack of moo business cards or 25% off 400 pack of mini moo cards.

if your familiar with moo cards and havent heard about the discount, the code you will want to use at checkout is  WRBD9K

for more info about moo cards you can visit their site HERE