Ever since high school, when my parents bought me my first point-and-shoot camera, I’ve been a shutterbug. Not a serious photographer, mind you, and my photos may not have been the most artistic — but I’ve loved taking them. I think I do a pretty good job of catching people in their element- mid-laugh, a moment past smile, or looking admiringly at someone they love or care about. So after I got my first big girl job, the first thing I saved up for was a really nice camera. And for me, a Canon 60D was/is what “really nice” meant/means.
Here’s the problem (and please excuse how silly this may sound): this camera is intimidating! There are too many things you can do with it and too much customizability and too much potential for really great pictures… to the point where it kind of stresses me out. So, since buying it, I’ve just kind of haphazardly snapped shots of this-and-that and… out of fear of “not getting the shot”, I’ve captured way more life moments on my camera phone. Which works, and all, but what’s the point of having a “really nice” camera with potential for really great pictures if you don’t use it?
Well, it just so happens that under my new work schedule, I have Mondays off… and no one else really does… so I 100% have time for “hobbies.” And I’m pretty sure amateur photography counts as a hobby! So my plan is to, this Monday, read the manual cover-to-cover and finally really learn my camera. So I can use it without fear, and just enjoy taking pictures and experimenting with different shots again!
In closing… if the most stressful thing in my life right now is “figuring out a camera” and my biggest fear is “missing the moment”… I think things are going pretty well. Cheers to now.