The Poor Man’s Photography
I don’t have a Canon but I still want to take pictures
I’ve always liked exploring new activities — from poetry to public speaking, mountain biking to swimming, golf to, in this case, photography. I also happen to not have a lot of extra money to spend, being a high school student, which means that when I show up to my local golf course with my Goodwill clubs or ride my mountain bike on the street, I get the stares, and occasionally, the “advice” to invest in some proper equipment (usually said in a “I can’t believe you would dare come here without investing two hundred dollars in a proper driver”).
And then I opened up an Instagram, and I decided I didn’t want to use it like Facebook, filling it up with pictures of birthdays and hang outs, rather, I wanted to get into photography.
I have the same situation with photography as I do with most other activities I try out. But I honestly cannot in my right mind spend what little money I have on a thousand dollar DSLR camera that takes oh-so-amazing pictures for my Instagram feed.
I still want to take pictures of things that interest me, however, and I do. And I use my phone. It’s not even an iPhone, mind you. It’s a OnePlus One (you probably haven’t even heard of it), and all it has is a 13.0 megapixel camera on the front. No laser focus, no optical zoom, nothing. Editing? I don’t have photoshop. Snapseed and VSCOcam.
Yeah, you photographers are probably cringing.
But I honestly don’t care, I enjoy taking pictures, and even if people ask me what equipment I’m using and I have to respond “it’s a secret ;)”, I’m going to continue doing what I enjoy, how I enjoy it.
But I think I do pretty alright, considering all I’m using is my phone.
Here are some of my favorites:
I may not have equipment, and I probably could do hundreds of times better with a DSLR, but it’s not what I’m trying to do. I’m just trying to have a good time here, and there’s no need to look down on me because I happen to do it with my crappy phone.
That said, I would welcome and appreciate constructive criticism on what I can change, that is, the photography itself. Ability is only as good as the work you put into it.
Look, I’m no Kyle Houck, but I do enjoy snapping some pics.
And snap them I will.