A few years ago, when I was pregnant with Jack, Charles had a bit of a photography bug. You see, he had been introduced to a client’s Very Fancy Camera while at work one day, and from that point forward, our regular little pocket camera just would not do.
As it turned out, we ended up buying that very same Very Fancy Camera when its owner decided to upgrade. We got a very good deal on this Very Fancy Camera, made even better by the fact that it was gifted to us by my in-laws as a pre-baby gift (I guess they wanted nice baby pictures!). It came with a couple of lenses and, as I would soon learn, lenses are really expensive and I should be really grateful there was a free one tossed in with this deal.
Charles had fun playing around with it and took some amazing pictures. I, on the other hand, would roll my eyes as he carted the cumbersome beast around and shut down in frustration when I tried to view the pictures he’d just taken because OMG THERE ARE SO MANY BUTTONS ON IT and how in the world was I supposed to know which one to push to look at the pictures we just took?
So I guess you could say, I wasn’t really interested in learning how to use it.
But then I started getting serious about my blog, and all of a sudden, I wanted better photos. And then I started playing around and taking some pictures of the kids and it was kind of fun. And more than a little satisfying to play with the exposure and apply filters in free photo editing software online and tweak this and that to get a prettier finished product than I’d started with.
But here’s the thing.
I still think this camera is an intimidating beast. You guys – it is waaaaay more camera than I need, more than I’ll ever need! And yet…it’s kind of growing on me. I feel a little sentimental towards it, even wondering if I might someday know what those buttons do or know what the name of the little green light is that I move around to pick what I want to focus on when I’m taking a picture (see?? do you see how little I know??).
Today I took some pictures and they turned out nicely. As I was “editing” them (with the editing software that came with my laptop), I noticed I was having to lighten the exposure on every picture I had taken. And I thought, “Surely there’s a way to fix this on the camera settings?” But then…I’d have to read about how to use it and I don’t know camera terminology and I’d have to learn that and I’d have to practice with it and that takes time and…excuses, excuses!
So, I think I’ll buy a book on photography and go from there. At the very least, I’d like to be capable enough that my poor camera isn’t embarrassed to be seen with me.
And to all of you who know what your camera’s buttons are for and who know about things like exposure and lenses and photoshop? You rock. And I hold you in high esteem. Because this photography thang is hard.