Starting Over


Forget your equipment and unleash your inner child. Take out your oldest camera – digital or otherwise, even if you know that it will shoot out of focus. Don’t be obsessed with sharpness and perfection (we can all get hung up on that one).

Set your camera on auto, and just shoot. Point and push.

Rediscover the joy of taking photos. Use your feet as your zoom, take all the ‘stuff’ out of your bag – go for a weightless walk. Rely on yourself and not technology. Use only one lens.

The more you relax about images, the better you will be. Choose to restrict yourself at least once a week, and just play out.

Remember what it was like when you first held a camera? – how exciting it was to go digital – to see the image you were taking on the screen as soon as you’d pressed the button. Where did that magic go?

Well, it’s still there, you just have to look for it a bit…..

Take away the stress, and go for a walk and have a good time……….


Then after that – get your ‘best’ camera out, and really appreciate what you have in your hand……

Author: Diane Seddon ARPS AFIAP CPAGB BPE3* - D Seddon Photography

I am a retired freelance photographer, based in Louth, Lincolnshire.

3 thoughts on “Starting Over”

  1. Good advice Diane, I remember my days using colour slide film after I had to give up my darkroom. Everything had to be right “in camera”, once the shutter button was pressed the job was done, no dodging/ burning etc. Then there was the wait for the processed slides to drop through the letterbox 😮. Where they ok or a dissapointment? No Chimping in those days but all in all, the success rate wasn’t too bad.
    I often feel sorry for people who have only ever taken photo’s on a digital camera, the analogue cameras made you think a lot more and yes, even the out & out failures had something you could learn from.
    Interesting as always Diane. 😊

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