I have a brilliant Canon DSLR camera, a really good little point and shoot Nikon camera and of course there’s the camera on my iPhone 5 which is also a great little camera. I have an extra lens for my Canon and also a brilliant Macro lens for my iPhone.
(It’s OK, I’m not showing off, I do actually have a point to make in a minute!)
I use sites like Picmonkey on my laptop to edit my favourite photos so I get the best picture I possibly can. I actually have about 10 photo editing apps altogether on my phone if I’m honest but I mainly use Instagram to share my photos and to add filters to them to make them look better.
(Again, I’m not bragging – I’m fully aware that my photos are definitely nothing special (except to me) and I’m certainly not an expert in taking them or editing them!)
So why am I telling you all of this today? It’s because I was looking through the little box thing that I store all the photos I’ve taken since I first got a digital camera last night – I can’t remember what it’s called, an external hard drive maybe? Anyway, whatever its called, it holds all of my photos of the kids from babies right up until now. The vast majority are before I had any sort of decent camera and they certainly weren’t taken with any special lenses or been edited in any way.
Half of them are out of focus slightly and I could look at them now and clearly see the difference between those photos and the ones I take now. But…. it’s not the quality of the photos that stand out when we look through them as we did last night as a family. It’s the smiles and the memories that we see when we look at them and we had a lovely couple of hours laughing together at some of the photos and remembering the things we’ve done together.
So, my point (finally) is that it’s great to want to learn to take better photos, it really is. But if you can’t afford a snazzy camera or the completely unnecessary extras you can buy to go with it or you don’t want to be bothered with the faffing about involved with editing your photos, you don’t need to worry. Your photos will be just as precious to you anyway and in years to come, you won’t see the imperfections or the ways you could have taken the photo better. All you’ll see are smiles and memories – just like I did.