Some pictures don’t need much explanation. This is one such picture taken by my good friend Marilyn Odello. I absolutely love this picture. It brings a smile to my face every time.
Many believe you can’t teach creativity. That it takes more than great equipment and inspiration. Many believe you also need, dare I say it?
A good eye and talent to create works of art.
I suppose that’s true to some extent. So how would you explain thoseÂ one-hit sensations in the music world? Luck?
Rather than tackle this age-old debate, I’d rather encourage everyone who’s interested in photography to pursue it as a way of self-expression or, better yet, Â a way to share what’s significant in your life.
We live in an exciting time when anyone Â with a just a cellphone can instantly share something they’ve witnessed with millions of people minutes after they take a picture.
That sort of â€œpowerâ€ used to belong to a select group of powerful people who owned mainstream media.
Not so anymore. And it hardly costs anything to have this sort of capability.
Like you, I take lots of pictures of my family and especially my kids.
Most of the time, I use my point-and-shoot Powershot G3.
It’s nothing fancy. 4 Megapixel variety I bought at least 5 years ago.
I’ve learned to accept its limitations and I’ve learned what I can realistically capture.
The alternative of lugging a heavy digital SLR everywhere is sometimes impractical.
There have since been 7 generations since my G3. Canon’s latest G10 packs 14 Megapixels.
Sure, I’d love to get the latest model but that’s 4 Benjamin Franklins or the equivalent of US $450 which I could put to …. Better stop, my wife might be reading this.
So never Â be dissuaded by Â people who say â€œevery picture or landscape that’s any good has been shot.â€
Once you get that into your head, you won’t even step out the door with your camera.
Your challenge is to show the world your micro-sliver ,however inconsequential you may think it is.
Here are some of my favorite pictures taken with my point-and-shoot Canon Powershot G3.
You will probably not care for any of them. They’re pictures of a personal nature after all.
But here’s a thought:
If Ansel Adams provided the GPS coordinates to all his landscapes, the exif data for his camera settings and access to meteorological data i.e Â sky conditions when he took those pictures, could anyone with a fancy camera, wizardry in Photoshop and a well-equipped computer reproduce his body of work?