Last summer, I attended a photography session at Blogher where the lovely Rachel Devine kept emphasizing that the best camera to have is the one you’d have with you and use.
Of course, at the time I thought, “well, my POS point and shoot is just not good enough.” And so, I got my DSLR. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve taken some fantastic shots with it, and I’m only getting better at it; however, a camera is only as good as you let it be. If you’re not going to keep it out all the time, take it everywhere with you, then you’re not going to get great shots all the time, everywhere you go.
Today we ventured to the pool as a family for the first time this summer. I knew it was a moment I’d want to capture, but I also knew I wouldn’t feel safe bringing my fancy camera and using it poolside. It would likely sit in my beach bag the whole time, so I just left it at home and decided to commandeer my husband’s iPhone4.
After watching Kendall “jump” (more like belly flop) into his daddy’s arms several times, I carefully balanced the lump-of chub-shoved-into-a-bathing-suit on one hip and steadied the phone with my elbow against the other hip. Then I employed an iPhone picture taking technique I picked up from Her Bad Mother, where you press down on the shutter button while you’re anticipating the shot, but don’t let up until you see the action you want. There is a little anticipation required, but it’s much easier to get great in-motion pics this way! I’m forever indebted to Catherine for sharing this.
And that is how, without any “fancy” camera or lens, I snapped this beauty…
… a moment I never would have preserved if I relied on my fancy camera, alone.
Just goes to show you, great memories can be captured when you just snap with what you’ve got.
Kendall is 3 years 2 months and Leyna is 6 months old