After reading through responses from my survey not too long ago, I realized that literally almost ALL of you wanted to see more personal photos. I got to thinking how rare it is for me to carry my camera with me anywhere, or even just pick it up when I’m at home, and why that is. After thinking about it.. My reasons were pretty stupid.
“There’s not enough natural light.”
It may not be the prettiest, most ideal lighting, but lightbulbs do exist and I do have them in my house. And my camera is capable of freakishly high ISOs.
“I may make people uncomfortable.”
I’ve always joked that I wish photographers had the ability to become invisible. I hate when I get a camera out and you can sense that moment when other people become self-aware and change the way they’re sitting, smile a little bigger at the conversation they’re having, or just outright get up and bolt. ;) I should start shooting anyway. After all, most people genuinely enjoy being photographed.
“What would I even use this photo for?”
A long time ago, I saw no sense in taking a photo unless it was something I would want printed in my home. So any little details from anywhere I went would get nixed, but then I’d be too scared to photograph people and no photos would come of the event. I’ve learned even the tiniest details are fun to look back on.
“I don’t want to worry about uploading/editing/exporting/posting.”
It doesn’t take that long, and I’m doing all this practically every day anyway.
Do you ever find yourself making excuses for not documenting your life more? Any tips or tricks on how to get over any of these?