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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.



photo peeps this wednesday…april 13th

photo peeps this wednesday, april 13th, 7pm at the rock in room 353

all are welcome

we have just begun an extended series of classes on film photography…this is our 3rd week, we dive into the film camera this wednesday.

homework for this wednesdays class…same as last week

get yourself a disposable film camera, from whereva…and take photos.  take the camera and get the film developed and have the photos put on a cd.  pick out your favorite 3 photos from the lot and get ready to share in class about the photos and your experience.

this is a class on photography, exploring the fun you can have with film.  so it helps if you have a film camera.  some things to know:

  • film isnt free.  so this class will require you to pay for film and developing.  and there will be 2 more times you will be required to  purchase a disposable camera and you will  be strongly encouraged to buy a holga film camera as well.
  • you dont have to have a film camera to participate.  if all you have is a digital camera, you can still have fun with us.  there are a few restrictions you must agree to abide by.  we will have that list in class for you.
  • you dont have to buy a film slr camera.  a point n shoot film camera is fine.
  • if you dont have a film camera but would like to purchase a camera… we recommend going to nelson photo, in little italy to see if they have any used film cameras.  they often carry a selection of used cameras for local colleges who offer film classes.  or you can check out KEH.com, they have used camera gear you can purchase as well.
  • if you cant afford to purchase a film camera right now, let us know.  we have a few film cameras you can borrow.
  • lastly, photography is fun.  film photography is fun.  we like to have fun!

again, all are welcome!  with or without a film camera.  if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at


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

Photos & Taste of Little Italy Wed May 26th

Enjoy a stunning variety of dishes as you stroll and dine in Little Italy, as well as delightful entertainment by our event performers.

The Photo-peeps will be in Little Italy on Wednesday, May 26th (no class). We will be enjoying the beautiful San Diego weather and sampling food from some of Little Italy’s best restaurants.  We will be taking pictures of course!  With food in 1 hand and a camera in the other, its gonna be fun!

The event is NOT free.  We encourage you to buy your tickets in advance so you don’t miss out on the fun.  You can go to their site HERE to buy tickets.  Tickets are $35 in advance, and $40 the day of.  They say the event will sell out…

***We will be meeting up at 630pm, at the fountain, next to Nelson Photo, on India Street.***

What a Blessing!

it doesnt get any better than this!   to be able to use a passion of ours, photography, to bring joy and to bless others…afterwards trevor and i were talking about how much fun we had.   and as terry joined us near the end, the 3 of us had a chance to talk and pray with eli, who is about to deploy with the navy.  praise God for allowing us to take pics for the crane family, and to capture  memories of mackenzie that they will have for years to come.

id like to thank the rock military ministry for allowing us to serve them, and nelson photo for partnering with us by donating a free enlargement for the crane family.  what a blessing!

mackenzie in dads lap, ready for 1 more pic

week in review

nikon just rolled out the D5000

12.3 mp, 720 hd video…late to the dance as usual…Canon beat them to the punch with the EOS Rebel T1i.

the T1i has more megapixels (15.1) and 1080 HD!  but thats ok.  the nikon is still a nice camera.  canon is also offering some really nice rebates right now.  you can see whats up by checkin HERE. 

Nik software has some pretty cool stuff, ask trevor, and right now with a coupon code you can get 15% off.

the coupon code to use is PV0509 when checking out.  you still have 2 days to get in on the discount.

scott kelbys worldwide photowalk has posted another walk in san diego, this time in downtown.  i still havent heard back about the walk i want to lead at liberty station….will let yall know if it happens.  until then, if you are interested in the photowalk downtown, go check it out.  i was talking with driveby jim and hes getting some dates together to lead some photowalks/photohikes this summer. so when he has the dates, we will be posting the info.

the memorial day outreach on monday, was a real blessing.  driveby jim was commenting that it reminded him a little of jamaica due to the water.  hes right, it was a beautiful setting.  you can see pics HERE and on this blog. 

on the blogosphere this week: 

david du chemin had a great entry on the idea of content vs relationship when it comes to images.  im a big fan of davids, and i think its worth the time to check him out.  you can read the entry HERE

scott kelby, creator of the worldwide photowalk,  has different folks come in to “guest blog” on wednesdays, hence the name “guest blog wednesdays.”  eddie tapp discusses elements of a good photograph.  its thought provoking and insightful, it will make you think about the next pic you take.  go check out the guest blog on scott kelbys site, or just go HERE.

                                                     the HOLGA

ive been talkin about this camera for some time, and that the photo peeps were gonna go out and have some fun with this plastic gem of a camera.  if your unfamiliar w this camera, just go and google it, and youll be amazed what comes up.  there are literally tons of sites dedicated to this camera.  it is PLASTIC, it is a medium format FILM camera, and it does LEAK light.  thats the beauty of this camera, no 2 holgas are the same, and you can do all kinds of fun and creative stuff with the camera.  but the best way to find out is to go get yourself a holga and start playin with it.  you can get them at nelson photo in little italy.  lets go support the local camera store!  we will be doing a photo walk w the holga in june, so go get your holga and start practicing. 

lastly, i just started reading crazy love, by francis chan.                                   francis chan at catalyst westcoast

hes the pastor at cornerstone church in simi valley.  im really excited about reading this book.  will fill yall in as i go.  feel free to check out his site.

thats it for now, i think im gonna turn in early for a change…