Photography has been a constant pleasure in my life for around 15 years.
Here are three things I particularly love about photography right now.
1. Image quality doesn’t really matter.
A couple of weeks ago my mum sent me a photo of us on my late granddad’s birthday in 1993. I know the year because of the Beaster t-shirt I was wearing.
The photo arrived in a message on my phone, and is a photo taken on my mum’s far from cutting edge phone, of a 28 year old print photo that’s obviously aged, isn’t dead flat, and wasn’t that perfectly shot in the first place.
There are slight colour shifts and reflections and slight blurring that I don’t know whether are from the original print, or from my mum’s photo of the photo.
But none of this matters.
What does matter is it’s a timeless moment captured, of most of the people closest to me at that time.
And that transcends attributes like colour accuracy and perfect exposure that some obsess endlessly over with their own photos.
Just grab a camera and make the images that mean most to you.
2. Photography is so affordable.
Even if you don’t already have a more than adequate camera built into your phone, you can pick up a used camera for pocket money. Especially since phone cameras have made “proper” cameras redundant for so many, and the used market is so abundant.
I’ve lost count of the cameras (film and digital) that I’ve bought for less than £10 over the last eight or nine years and that have delighted me with their images and to use.
There’s no financial excuse for not getting a camera that works and is fun to use, and getting out there and shooting with it.
3. Cameras (and lenses) are magic boxes.
I’ve long been a fan of encouraging a camera to make the kind images your naked eyes can’t see.
Shallow depth of field, subject isolation, artistic blurring from long exposures, over or under exposing for dramatic effect, multiple exposures, shooting in b/w or otherwise shifted colours, and many other techniques are at our fingertips.
As well as simple documentary tools like we talked about in no 1 above, we can use our cameras to weave magic before our eyes and make memorable, beautiful art that wasn’t even there in front of us.
I love photography right now.
How about you, what are three things you love most about photography today?
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