by Alec Murrell
So, there I was, with lots of lovely pro dSLR kit, lugging it around, spending time fiddling about with the multitude of settings, gadgets, lenses – oh, you name it and I had it – so much so that the final image dropped so far down the list of my priorities that I forgot what was really important and started falling out of love with my photography.
I'm an amateur and, like most of us, our time is limited—with other draws on my time, I simply wasn't getting out and shooting unless it was a big performance. Then my saviour was discovered—micro-four-thirds. In fact it didn't have to be that format – it didn't HAVE to be any format at all – just a different one. Re-energised, I started taking the highly portable, very flexible kit out and about with me. I started shooting, but also (and probably more importantly) I started looking again.
I went on a course – just one day – that reminded me about looking at the light and how this dictates the shapes and forms we see. I'm looking again with fresh eyes, with excited eyes.
Keep things simple. Use what you've got. Remember the image is key and you see it first with your eyes or in your mind. That's what counts. The final shot doesn't always look the way I intended, but more often than not it's close.
I'm spending more time looking through the camera and lens, rather than at them. And it feels good!