Question: What makes a good photograph?
Answer: You do!
Question: What is a photograph?
Answer: A memory – let’s face it, you had to have been there at the time!
I once read a startling fact that we never lose any of our memories, rather that the paths to our recollections become degraded over time. Certain things can restore these links and guess what – photos are just the ticket, more so that we now live in the digital age where we are not (to any real degree), limited to the number of memory triggers you can store on your phone, computer, Web/Cloud, etc.
So, now that we have a perfect time machine in the form of your Smart Phone (and there won’t be many of you reading this that don’t have one of those) then the next step is to try and make your photos a little bit more interesting, or possibly very interesting, or even STUNNING!
It doesn’t take much. Fancy giving it a go? If so, then it’s time to start seeing the world through different eyes!
To some this is a natural gift, to others it’s a series of lessons to be learnt which in turn means that you’ll be getting better with every photo that you take. I’ve always had a love for photography, something that I was reminded about recently when an envelope turned up from my mother who had happened across (wait for it…), a photograph (i.e. a memory) of me in my youth with my camera and tripod at the ready.
My fuel injected ride into the world of Instagram (you can follow me under the moniker of: Leebo600), began back in February when a trip up the Skirrid Mountain in heavy fog effectively left me in awe at the offered beauty on hand, a different vista appearing every ten seconds as the mists wafted and waned. I had not long since upgraded my camera in the Black Friday sales of the previous year and the shots I took on that day were, to be fair, of a different standard and I wanted to share.
To cut a long story short (and hopefully to stop you drifting off), I discovered Instagram and started a journey of improvement, learning from so many countless others, absorbing their techniques and presentation, and gaining an idea of what was possible. Yes, there are many professionals who use this medium as well as those who have lots of cash to buy very expensive cameras and even more expensive lenses, but there are so many others who just set off with their phones and Tablets and cheap cameras and still manage to capture a stunning moment in time that they wish to share. These could be special family moments that can bring a smile to a stranger, or capture the beautiful innocence that only children can portray as they explore the world with wide-open inquisitive eyes where everything is still magical. Then there are those who can make the ordinary seem extraordinary, changing an everyday item into a work of art just through an unusual angle or a change in colours or manipulation of light.
Life through a camera lens can be an escape from daily life. I’ve lost track of friends giving me that ‘special’ look as I stop to point my phone or camera at only something I can perceive, the image on-hand already tailored in my mind and ready for release on an unsuspecting world.
Instagram will help you find those who share your interests, and offer the occasional comment of encouragement and boy will it make you feel good when you learn that your achievements can be of genuine interest to others around this great big world of ours!
So, what are you waiting for. Sign-up and get snapping away.