I don’t want to make too much of an assumption here, but I am pretty sure it’s almost summer. While the deluge of rain that we’ve recently had seems to spoil our excitement, July 1 is just around the corner. I like to approach it like it is its own New Years Day: I will make the same cliché list of goals, but this time the warmer weather will hopefully encourage me to actually meet them!
I want to share one of my goals for the next few months with you, and invite you to join me. This goal has everything to do with photography, but it’s all about storytelling. You see, for most of us, we carry around an incredible camera every day that turns on in the blink of an eye. If you are anything like me, you appreciate this when there is a moment you want to enshrine (which you will reluctantly never look at again), but in the end are truly numb to the cameras full utility. We even have a plethora of photo editing apps that can take our worst photos and turn them into works of art, but I never seem to take the time to get better.
Which has me thinking…
Is it in the eye of the photographer, the camera or the editing software? Or is it even something as fickle as luck that creates a great photo? My honest guess is that it’s somewhere in between. But, I want to find out and that’s where you come in. I want to try to take better photos, and my reasoning for this is two fold. Photos can tell a great story, and I have always wanted to improve my photography skills, but never made time to focus on it and try new things.
The plan is starting on July 1 (Canada Day!) we will do our best to take one photo per day, edit it, upload it to Instagram/Twitter/Facebook, tag it with (#lookaroundSK...if you’re not from Saskatchewan, tag it with the appropriate provincial tag of AB, BC etc.) and see what happens. Over the next two months I think we will learn a lot about lighting, contrast, the best photo editing apps and maybe even story telling. My hope is that in September, all of us who participate in this adventure can grab a beverage and discuss what we’ve learned. We can share the stories behind our shots, swap editing tips and hopefully learn a thing or two about photography and stories. It will be a gathering of regular photographers who (hopefully) tell great stories.
I am not a professional photographer and I don’t think I ever will be. I am just a regular guy looking for a great story. I want to start developing an eye for the great scenes that unfold around me. I want to tell a story, and stories only have a purpose if there are people to share them with.
What would happen if a bunch of people started telling better stories?
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