Take a lot of Pictures: A Life Lesson from Photography

July 9th, 2008 by k8gu Leave a reply »


A few months ago, I bought a Nikon D40 digital SLR camera.  While most modern digital SLR cameras can be operated in a point-and-shoot mode, I have endeavored to learn how to use the camera.  I was completely unprepared for the quality and degrees of freedom that the SLR afforded me.  It has almost no shutter delay compared to my old point-and-shoot.  I can shoot in ambient light.  I still don’t know what half of the settings do.

I take a lot of pictures.  Most of them aren’t very good.  But, each one is another chance at a good one.  It is also more practice.  Thank goodness it’s digital!  I’d spend a small fortune developing the 1500-odd images I’ve taken so far.  Taking this approach to life seems somewhat Edisonian and backwards (work smarter, not harder, as the saying goes).  Try a lot of things (within reason).  One of them just might work.  If not, you’ll still learn something.