Updated: Dec 10, 2019
Excuses are---sometimes necessary. They can protect us from harm, uncomfortable situations, and disappointment. Sometimes, however, excuses are harmful. They can prevent us from learning something new, making new friends, and reaching our full potential.
On the surface, photography is full of valid excuses: don't have the money, time, equipment, patience, etc.
As we peel back the layers, we begin to realize these excuses are unfounded---in 99% of instances, there is a workaround.
Want to shoot digital but don't have a DSLR? Reach into your pocket and pull out your phone. While simple, the concept and process required to create a beautiful image is, in fact, the same.
Have an itch to shoot film but don't have the equipment? Jump on Amazon or head to your nearest drug store and pick up a disposable camera. When you're done, return the camera to said drug store and send it in for development. Simple, painless, and relatively inexpensive. What's more, this allows the hobbyist to determine if they would like to take it to the next level---to become an enthusiast, purchase a camera, and make film shooting a habit.
How will you know you want to take it to the next level? It makes you happy. It brings you satisfaction. You can't wait to go out again and create uniquely beautiful images.
Photography is creation. Creation is art. And art---art is therapeutic. Don't be afraid to explore new things to find your happiness.
Still wary of my words? Check out the video below to see how a plastic brick can, in the hands of a patient user, create timeless images and--- more importantly---be fun!