Do you need more time, or just a camera?

I have read so many articles spouting the benefits of carrying a camera with you at all times.

I fully understand the idea behind this, obviously you can’t take a great photo when you don’t have a camera nearby, but I have tried it and generally I find that the photos I grab ‘on the go’ are just not worth the effort.

Now for some people this is totally the right thing to do. If you are out and about and have a bit of time in hand, you can stop when you see something interesting, take a moment to compose the shot, and ‘click’ it’s in the bag.

I’m not one of those people. Everything I do, from writing blog posts, to taking photos or even just having a conversation with someone takes a little bit of mental preparation. I need to get ‘in the zone’ so to speak.

So when I’m on my way to work in the morning, I am on a deadline. I have to be there at a certain time so when I see that beautiful sunrise, I can’t stop. If I am out with my family, they hate that I make a big deal of taking photos, and I have to rush the job in an effort to keep them happy. Even during my lunch hour, by the time I have prepared and eaten a healthy lunch I find that the spare half hour just isn’t enough to find a subject and capture it in the best light.

So far this year, on top of working full time, and spending some quality time with my girls, I have decorated our hall and staircase, and we are in preparations for our eldest girls First Holy Communion, which involves a lot of shopping/misery/financial torture. Very little time for a well thought out photo-shoot.

This is why I haven’t been posting very much this year. It’s also why I couldn’t finish last year’s 52 portraits project (I only made it to week 30).

Time is always against me.

Today I am at home with the flu and after a day of sleeping on and off, I am feeling a little better and decided to try and write something. For me that involved half an hour thinking of what to write, another half an hour of writing, and then further editing and polishing to make sure the message is worth reading. Now I will spend even more time  trying to find an image that suits the post.Homemade backdrop, portrait

I do have a some models standing by for when the chances arise, and hopefully I will get to post some more photographs in the near future.

Thanks for reading, and let me know if you feel the need to over prepare like me, or do you carry your camera at all time on the off chance of a great image?

Craig S Lucas

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