It's that time again...photo Friday. This week was absolutely the hardest for me. iPhone photos, yuck! Unlike the vast majority, I actually hate using my phone's camera. I hate the shutter lag, I hate that my phone is buggy and won't save the photo, I hate the poor focus, I hate the noise, I hate white zombie eyes...need I go on? Because I could! They say the best camera is the one you have with you, which is why I haul my dslr everywhere I go.
It isn't just my photos I dislike. My Facebook feed is filled with bad photos taken on phones. Really bad. And since I'm a mom, a lot of the bad photography I witness is of kids. It makes me sad to think that the record of these children's lives will be nothing but blurry, white eyed, ugly photos. I've tried to get a little perspective on it, because I know that plenty of crappy photos of me must have been taken. But the thing is, when my parents got a blurry photo back from being developed-they threw it away! Most people didn't put the bad ones in photo albums.
Recently, I took my own kiddos to the Butterfly Pavilion here in Colorado. Of course I brought the big gear because I love taking pictures of butterflies and flowers. During a little break where the munchkins played in a maze, I watched a mom whip out her phone to take a picture of her adorable son peeking his head through one of those "put your head here and become a butterfly" things. She was struggling to get the camera app opened and said out loud "I'm going to miss it." It must have loaded a second later because she pressed her shutter. The next words I heard were "It's blurry, but it'll have to do." She walked away before I could tell her I'm a professional photographer and I'd love to get a decent shot for her. I'd be willing to bet that 10 minutes later that picture ended up on Facebook. She probably got likes on it too, because we've become used to seeing bad iPhone photos.
So this week I was faced with trying to get a picture I liked using a tool I despise. Twice I tried to get usable shots and...nothing. Finally, I decided that I needed some form of my real gear involved so I took this picture of my daughter through my 50mm lens. It'll have to do, but I'm going to go give my real camera a hug. I've missed using it this week and I'll never cheat on it again.