A Camera Quandary

  • 2015.05.15

Recently, I passed a street entertainer while walking in the city. I had some time, so I decided to watch his show. As he finished a rather impressive juggling routine, I noticed something quite shocking - nobody was applauding! In fact, everyone else had their faces hidden in their phones! They were more concerned with taking a picture of the performer than actually enjoying his performance!

There are more cameras today than ever before, which means more pictures are being taken than ever before. And with gigabytes of memory, we don’t need to worry about taking too many. But is that a good thing?

I read some wonderful advice online about when to take, and when NOT to take, a photo. It made me rethink how I used my camera. Since then, come up with my own simple rules for camera use that I would like to share!

1) Make sure the image is really worth capturing 
Or put another way, “Will I ever look at this photo again?” It’s a simple question, yes, but the most important one. I often find my answer is, “No!” So, rather than worrying about finding the right angle or trying to get my camera to focus, I just enjoy the moment.

2) Ask yourself, “Can I find this picture online?” 
I used to take many pictures of famous locations, but then I realized there was no point. Unless, you are an avid photographer looking for a special shot, you can find hundreds of (better) pictures online. Again, perhaps it’s better to actually experience the place than trying to capture it.

3) Try to include a person. 
I always try to include a friend or family in any photos I take. A picture of a nice garden is wonderful, but a picture of a good friend enjoying the garden is even better! Having someone in the picture makes it more meaningful and later, it can help you remember when and where you took it. I have many pictures of cities at night, but I can't for the life of me remember where or when I took them! Seeing a friendly face would solve that problem.

4) Limit your time 
When I actually decide that something is picture-worthy, I always limit the amount of time spent snapping the photo! If it's worthy capturing on film, it's worth appreciating in the moment. Take the photo and put the camera away. A photo is supposed to be a quick snapshot, so I try to keep it that way!

Well, those are my four basic rules for taking photos! I hope they have given you some food for thought. These days, I take far less photos, and honestly, I don't really miss them. In fact, I feel like I actually experience far more than I did before.





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