About a week ago I found myself with some time to kill between shooting photos for a clients Christmas card. Of course I headed to my nearest Starbucks for a cup of Joe and something sweet. Sitting down with my coffee-break meal, I had only my goodies and my Droid cell phone. Checked email, but it was way to early for even me to be up, so there wasn’t anything new to read. I was too distracted to do anything useful with my phone, so I turned on the camera function to play.
I realized once again that you can take the camera from the girl, but the photographer always remains.
( The following paragraph is just my opinion, the way that I vew my craft and the equipment that I use to create it) Let me start by giving you some Sharon-speak definitions: A camera is a tool or device used for making photos. This device has many requirements, first being that it is a fully functional camera, with auto and manual settings, pixel ratings over 10 mp if digital and uses at least a 35 mm film. Single Lens Reflex (viewing the scene thru the lens) is a huge plus and mainly what I use. I am aware this makes me a camera snob, but there you have it ! Anything less is not without value, but just a toy in my world. A photographer is someone that uses a camera to make photos either for the purpose of art, or business, or portraits for a client. Generally I think of a photographer as someone that has some education in their craft, has spent some time in training with a camera and has done some work in the darkroom. By this definition, just by having a camera and taking photos doesn’t make someone a photographer. Of course there is always the school of experience too, which I also give value to. I must, since I have been in this school my whole life !! A photographer is also someone who sees. The light, the composition …. and can take any camera device including my Droid cell phone, and create a decent photo, or picture if you will. Its only a matter of being able to see, and understanding the medium and equipment being used. (I suppose that I should also try to define a photograph, but I think that I have subjected you to enough Sharon-speak for one blog post!!)
I can get a bit restless, and I was on that morning with my coffee. I like to be doing something of value most of the time. I know this about myself: I cannot NOT take pictures. And putting that cool Droid cell phone in my hand means that I don’t ever have to be without the ability to play and take pictures. The pictures in this post were all taken with my Droid phone within the last year. I love my Droid. It has allowed me to scratch that itch to take a picture without being weighed down by my bulky, cumbersome camera. It actually takes better photos than that first digital camera I had with 4 mp ! I can slip it in my pocket, and continue my walk on the beach. I can share photos instantly, which is really one of the main uses for this toy or tool. I stay connected, I record my travels, I play.
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