Written by: Susan Keller from Susan Keller Photography
At the end of last year, my husband decided we needed a point & shoot camera. I, never being one to turn down any photographic-equipment purchase (ha!), immediately began to research different options and to find a p&s that would still allow me to fiddle with settings manually. My engineer-husband, on the other hand, was gunning for a p&s that was shatter-proof, water-proof, dust-proof, and had video capability. Since there was no such camera that fulfilled both our wish-lists that was in our price range, the hubs got the camera he wanted. In the color (bright orange) *I* wanted. Cause that’s how we roll. 😉
So, here I am, in possession of a p&s camera that does NOT allow me to fiddle with any settings manually. The photograph it takes is the photograph it takes. Which can be frustrating. Or totally liberating. I’ve decided that it’s completely liberating. It frees me NOT to think about any technical detail. It frees me to think entirely about composition while not being distracted by apertures, shutter speed or ISO.
On the particular day in the photos below, I was stuck in the truck with my littlest guy who had fallen asleep. The rest of my Dudes were out doing their thing. For my amusement, and to pass time, I decided to see how many differently composed shots I could take of my precious sleeping boy, all while I remained in my seat. Below are the results …
I love this little composition exercise that I do. Without very intentionally thinking about composition and different ways of shooting an image, I don’t think I would have come up with this image that I adore:
I totally love a great roadtrip adventure with my dudes, or a cozy afternoon curled up with a good book. “Reality” tv totally sucks me in. I prefer my chocolate to be semi-sweet and my Diet Coke to have a squirt of root beer in it. Photography makes my heart sing and waterskiing leaves me sore & limping but deeply satisfied.