That's my opinion. Do I want to take photos or work in my workshop? If you like creating things by hand, a camera is as good a project as any. I would like to do this - I just never get my necessary projects done (HoneyDo) to have the time.
As for wood, metals, fasteners, etc. If you're in the making stuff business, these things are easy to find. Money - probably little savings, and don't count your time.