As you probably know, I’m not one for endlessly fiddling about with every possible setting on a camera shot by shot, trying to achieve a perfect photo every time.
My ideal is to have a camera that’s either simple enough in itself to just point and shoot, or one that’s perhaps more sophisticated, but can be (and has been) set up to use as simply as a point and shoot.
Either way, my focus is on knowing what any given camera does best, and then concentrating on composing and capturing to make the most of that.
Some might say that such direct shooting is not so much “proper” photography, but more like taking snapshots.
That the photographer taking these snapshots is avoiding immersing themselves in the more technical aspects (both at the point of shooting, and in post processing) and as such cannot be considered a “proper” photographer.
But I would argue that it’s by sparing all this infinite faffing about and just getting to the very heart of photography – those elements such as composition, light, shadow, texture, shape and so on – that brings me not only a more immersive and direct experience, it saves me wallowing (and drowning) in the unlimited possibilities of a camera’s settings, and the software in processing.
So for the foreseeable future I’ll be sticking with these kind of snapshots, thank you very much.
How about you? Are you a fan of direct snapshots and a minimum amount of fiddling around?
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