Do or Do Not

At work during New Employee Orientation, people from across the company are invited to stop by for lunch with our new employees so they can see who we are and what we do. We play a game during lunch where the trainer asks a question and we write down our answers on slips of paper that we then take turns drawing out of a bowl and reading aloud. The object is to match the answers to the people in the room.

This past Monday, our question was: You’re chosen to serve a year in space. You have all the regular necessities you need. What one non-necessary item do you bring with you?

It’s a variation on “your house is on fire; what one thing do you grab as you escape.”

My answer? A camera. If I’m going to space, I’ve got a chance to make photos that no one else has ever or will ever create.

If I were to do that right now, though, I’d probably delete 90% of what I shot.

White bison roam the range at Bearizona in northern Arizona.

White bison roam the range at Bearizona in northern Arizona.

I realized over this past weekend as PJ and I took our cameras out for the first time in a long time that we’ve been relying much too much on our phones for photos lately. We decided we needed to do something about that and we set out to refamiliarize ourselves with actual cameras.

I barely remembered where the blasted power switch was.

I shot many frames and got a few decent photos. I also got a lot of crap. Poor focus, lighting, angles, settings all wrong…

It reminded me that the most important thing you can do as a person who enjoys photography is to enjoy photography. Get out there and shoot! The best gear you’ll ever have as a photographer is experience. As with anything, your skills will rust away if you don’t use them.

Same goes for crafting, arts, reading, music, blogging… If you’re going to do it, commit to it. Use it or lose it. It’s as simple as that.