Photography 101

I am writing early today because I have a busy day ahead of me. Also, it reminds me how much I love writing earlier in the day, before my mind gets cluttered with the thoughts, worries, reminders, trying-to-remembers as the day goes on.

We’re off to Vancouver tomorrow so later today will be spent packing and sorting for our little jaunt. But this morning, I’m off with the local newcomers’ club to attend a photography workshop. Which, for me is both enjoyable and reminiscent.

Back in the day…

Way, way back in one of my many lives, I was a photography and (get ready for a true flashback) darkroom teacher at the local college. Photography 101. Basic photography. Back in the days when you had to buy film and either process it yourself (which I did for my black & white work) or send it off for processing. Back in the days when every shot was precious because you only had 24 or 36 to use per roll of film. Spoiling one was a heartbreak.

Ah yes… back in the days before selfie was a word. I love those days so.

Anyway, needless to say, the science of photography has changed as much since I was teaching as any other technology-based activity. But the basics of it, those are the same. Composition, lighting, exposure; they are the pillars of a good photograph and no amount of technological advancement has changed that.

Back to photography 101

It’s funny for me to be going to this workshop. No one there knows of my background; I’m new here. And as a person who has led, as my son once described it, a nomadic life (I’m not sure I’d go that far but I do like the expression) each time I change my hometown or job, I leave behind the knowledge carried by those around me of who I am and what I do. It’s the perfect opportunity to start anew, break a bad habit or start a good one.

Behind the lens

I’ll be going into this event today on an even playing field as everyone else, just someone looking to explore with a camera. It is how I have spent so many other days in my life, viewing life through the lens of my favourite non-human appendage. I’m excited to be taking time out of my day just for photography; it’s my other most favoured way of expressing myself. Maybe it will inspire some other writing. I think creativity is a little like Newton’s law of motion; people who feed their creativity, stay creative, people who do not feed their creativity, don’t.

Today, I am feeding mine. The sun is shining, the skies are blue. It’s a great day to take some pics. I hope you find some time today to do something you love as well.

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