When we have an idea in our house, we just do it!
We decided to book a last minute holiday before we have to pay school holiday prices (gggrrr!) so, as usual, I decided to set myself a challenge. To ONLY take photos with my digital camera.
This challenge is harder than it sounds!
In reality, I have several cameras so decided to take my trusted first purchased camera, and two lens, a zoom and a prime lens (which basically doesn't zoom, you or the subject has to move). In my head, now the kids are older and we don't have to carry as much 'stuff', I thought it would be easy for me to just carry my kit with me. And on the whole, it was but what did I learn about the experience and did I complete my challenge?
First things first....
So to start us off, I never took any photos at the airport, which is usually mandatory for me. Trying to maneuver a camera, bag, children, passports etc in a deadline driven environment did not work on this occasion, we just about made it to the plane on time! For example, usually when we board the plane, I get the 'stand by the plane' shot but I wasn't organised to get my camera around my neck as I was too busy thinking through what was going in the overhead locker vs under the floor. Lesson learnt.
The challenge kept challenging!
Once we arrived in Menorca, I realised how heavy it was to carry my camera bag around all of the time in the heat. Reflecting on the ease of a camera phone in a back pocket crept into my mind but I was determined to carry on and remember why I wanted to take the challenge. Life isn't always supposed to be easy so I was determined to persevere!
Another thing that hit me throughout the holiday was the tiny number of people who carry a digital camera around with them. I could count on one hand the amount of cameras I saw which, to be fair, shocked me as I was expecting to see more. Again I reminded myself of the advantages of using a proper camera that enable me to get the best possible photo. I shoot in manual and just can't get this from a mobile phone!
But it was so worth it!
A couple of days in and I was used to having the camera with me. I smiled daily at the photos I was able to take that I just wouldn't have been the same on my phone. I reckon that I came away with 100 really good photos that I would happily put on my wall so definitely worth it in the end!
Note to self, ditch the mobile more often!