I take far too many photos on my phone rather than on the “big camera”. Mostly this happens because my phone is always to hand whereas the camera lives on my craft desk tucked away. I reach for the big camera when I’m going on a trip, I want to take some shots of the dog outside or if I’ve finished a project (like the cushion yesterday) and want to photograph it. Yet I rarely if ever reach for it to capture everyday simple moments. I seem to always rely solely on my phone for that and it’s a shame.
Another reason I often choose the phone over the camera is because in certain settings, like low-light (which my house has an abundance of) my camera decides to act the maggot and will refuse to take a photo for me….I end up having to zoom out or zoom in or change settings and take the photo the camera wants to take rather than the photo I want to take. It’s frustrating enough that I often resort to taking the photo with my phone anyway!
I would love, love to upgrade my camera but that’s just not on the cards for me at the moment so instead I need to learn how to work with my camera and not against it. I did a night course on beginner photography a few years ago that really helped me learn the basics of aperture, shutter speed and ISO etc. but the main thing that’s holding me back in improving my photography isn’t my camera…it’s lack of practice.
So I’m challenging myself to once a day put down the phone, pick up the camera and just photograph something. Photograph anything, even if it’s just the plants on the windowsill. Practice, practice, practice.