Always Carry A Camera.

When I first moved from painting to photography I tried shooting urban Landscapes and Architecture, exploring abstract possibilities. I planned photographic journies in advance using weather and photography apps. Living in the North East of Scotland this would mean one or two windows of opportunity a week lasting an hour to an hour and a half. At the time I used a small Nikon DSLR, this post isn’t about which camera to buy, or what lens I used to capture a certain image. Most people now have a camera on their phones so can use this to learns the basics of composition and try different styles and Genres of photography. The reason I mention that I had a DSLR, is to illustrate the point about always carrying a camera. If you have a large camera with even larger heavy lenses then the number of times you take it with you, or use it will diminish. For this reason I also bought a Point and Shoot (P&S)  camera (a Canon S100). I used these two cameras for around 18 months, and started to notice that the more spontaneous compositions were taken with the P&S. I attributed this to having it with me all the time, it only having one lens, and a willingness to try different things.

P&S camera sales are falling rapidly and the phone camera is the new king at entry level. Personally I still prefer to have a decent size sensor in my camera as I often shoot in low light. I currently use a Fuji APS-C camera and have 27mm pancake lens for use in the city. It’s not as small as a phone, but it goes in a coat pocket. All cameras are a compromise between Size, Cost and Features. This one works for me, but there are numerous options out there. If you buy used then you can try a few until you decide on one. But the camera doesn’t take the image, you do, so concentrate on framing and not the gear. I mainly take shots in and around the city. But I shoot more often and feel I have developed more by trying different things. These images were shot on the fly as I drove round the city, I’ve taken the RAW conversions straight from Light Room and used Nik Silver Efex plug in for the black and white conversion. So always carry a camera, you never know what you’ll see.

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