In this particular instance, I’m going to be talking about photography, but I imagine it could apply equally well to other areas.
I’ve been mooning around because my camera developed a fault on Christmas day. Now, truth be told, this didn’t leave me entirely without a camera for I still have my trusty Pentax Q mirrorless camera. And what a a little darling it is – compact and light, with a good range of interchangeable lenses – and it takes very decent photos. Problem is it doesn’t have a viewfinder, only a screen. Now, I got totally used to that limitation when it was my only camera, so long as I used it’s own lenses with auto focus.
But … as Himself had bought me a truly super-duper new lens for my Christmas present, I was absolutely desperate to try it out. The first sunny weekend after Christmas, we went out with the cameras – I took the new lens, but ended up utterly despondent. Winter sunshine + camera screen + manual focus lens do not equal a happy photog. I couldn’t see a thing on the screen, so couldn’t focus. I felt a total idiot for not bringing the Q’s own selection of lenses, especially as they’re so small you can fit them in your pockets.
On this occasion, my first thought was it was all about the kit – even if it wasn’t the kit’s fault but mine (‘cos I’d not taken the right stuff for the conditions). Then I thought about it some more. I’ve been a keen viewer of the Digital Rev Youtube channel for a while, especially of their long running Pro Tog Challenge series, where they set well-known professional photographers the challenge of working with some very limiting equipment. As I recall, an iPhone 4 was one of the better options, as there were Lego and Barbie kid’s cameras in the mix too. And all (bar one) of the pros showed that you can get seriously good results with totally rubbish kit, proving that it’s not all about the kit, but about what you know.
From which we can surmise that I don’t know enough … yet (and that without having my professional reputation on the line, it was easy to give up in less than perfect conditions). I’m not beating myself up as I know how much of an amateur I am in the photography game. I have so much still to learn but luckily I love to learn and I love photography, so I shall simply look forward to that day when a kit challenge won’t cause me to pack up and go home.
Oh … and here are some photos I took with the new lens (and the repaired camera) on a grey day, when it turned out to be all about walkers, dogs, kids and cyclists …
© Debra Carey 2018