When I think about truly great images—the thrill I get from stopping, viewing, and really trying to absorb and experience a great photograph—I’m reminded of this simple but profound fact:
If the photographer that captured that image hadn’t picked up the camera that day, the image would only have been a momentary flash in his or her own consciousness: it wouldn’t have become the amazing photograph before me at that moment.
This is at the heart of all photography, isn’t it? Yet still there are days I forget to pick up the camera. (Or, it’s out of reach, unavailable at the one moment that I actually need it. This is a common issue as well.)
On those rare occasions when I’m out with my gear shooting and magical things do happen—the sudden appearance of an amazing cloud formation, the unexpected shimmer of light on water, or whatever the situation may be that suddenly dazzles and delights—on those occasions I am humbled and grateful just to be there, just to at least have the chance to attempt to bring a bit of that magic back with me as an image.
So it’s the simplest of admonitions: Always carry a camera. Maybe this means you need to pick up an additional, smaller camera. Maybe it means you’re going to be more determined to lug that big DSLR around all of the time. However you decide to approach this resolution, I promise that if you try it for just one week, amazing things will happen! No kidding!
You’ll become more aware of all the photographic opportunities throughout your day. You’ll ‘see’ more images as you are out and about. You’ll find yourself trying new and different experiments. It will change your shooting, and possibly your sensibilities of your world around you.
So carry that camera today. Carry it tomorrow, and the day after. Try this for one week and see what happens! It might just change your world forever.
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