The Perfect Conditions

As creatives we are visual by nature and I love how easy it is today to capturing our memories. With the factory in our pockets we have available to us a camera wherever we are. You don’t need to have an expensive equipment to capture inspiration + precious moments. It is not so important what you are using as much as you are using what you have.

So what is the best camera for memory keeping?

I’d be the first to tell you I’m not the most knowledgable when it comes to the differences between DSLR cameras, a simple google search will give you all your are looking for and more when it comes to camera knowledge. What I do know is that when it comes to DSLR cameras, it’s all about the lens. The more glass the better quality pics you will take.

I don’t want to get bogged down into makes + models of cameras. I instead want to inspire you to use what you have right now.

Don’t wait for the perfect time, whether that is having a better camera or having just the right skills.

My iPhone camera, especially this year, has become my main camera for memory keeping. It’s convenient + portable. Surprisingly it takes amazing close up photos + aerial views. For me it’s all about the moment. I love angles + composition too. While I don’t know a lot about the technical stuff, that maybe a goal for next year, I just enjoy the process. And sometimes I get an amazing shot, just don’t ask me to repeat it!

Use What You Have + Often

As you enjoy taking more photos often, your skills + knowledge grow. I have heard it said that it is easier to turn a moving ship, and they have tiny little rudders. It is also true for us.

When you wait for the perfect conditions or equipment, it will only bring you missed opportunities. Opportunities to grow, learn + record those amazing moments. Those moments in your everyday deserve to be captured on whatever camera you have right now.

My advice on what is the best camera for memory keeping is … the one you have when you need it!

It is also the one you use most often.

I do like to use different cameras depending on the purpose. One of my favourite things to photograph are textures. To be able to use these in my designs I use a DSLR. If you want to see my holidays photos bad enough you will come to appreciate cement paths + tree trunks! I especially love using the macro lens. Creation is an amazing thing, especially up close.

Record the Moment

When it comes to ideas, inspiration + memory keeping, it is more important to have the photo, that maybe of lesser quality, than to miss the moment.

One of my most treasured photos of my son and I was taken on a video camera and it’s even a little blurry. It was a selfie of us before selfies were a thing. We were laughing and giggling. It’s one of the best memories I have captured and I wouldn’t trade it.

When you know that a picture tells a thousand words, you would rather have that shot rather than having to write it all down + do a sketch. It is so much easier when it comes time to create.

Have some journalling to go with your photos, instead of trying to remember what is important about your images, use an app like Evernote or a planner to write it down, rather than trying to store it in your memory for later. I wish I had done this more years ago.

Our memories are not the best filing cabinets.

Before you go, here are a few of my tips for adding some variety to your memory keeping photos. There are especially helpful when doing an album project like ‘photo a day’ or Project Life so that your pages don’t all look the same.

5 simple tips for creative images

When taking your photos, consider:

  • a different perspective (angles and heights, get down low or up close)
  • framing your shot by getting up close and purposefully leaving out distractions from your subject
  • use the rule of thirds to position your subject thoughtfully (slightly off centre)
  • use natural light to it’s advantage (the hour at sunrise and before sunset is called the golden hour)
  • try something new, experiment

For some inspiration, classes + tips on growing your photography skills visit these amazing places: Capture Your 365 with Katrina Kennedy and Big Picture Classes.

Today’s forecast: Perfect conditions ahead, your day is filled with moments deserving to be recorded.

Success comes when you { Take Action }

Take your camera out more often + capture some moments from your everyday life.

Don’t be afraid to try something new too!

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