Give Your Camera to Your Kid

“They don’t care about the perfect shot, nor do they wait for it. They have no clue what the ‘rules’ are. Everything is interesting to them and worthy of being shot — especially what’s happening right now. They bring true meaning to the spirit of ‘point and shoot’.”

Sounds like something that should apply to adults as well.

Hunter S. Thompson's Praise for the Snapshot

“When photography gets so technical as to intimidate people, the element of simple enjoyment is bound to suffer,” Thompson writes, highlighting his main argument. “Any man who can see what he wants to get on film will usually find some way to get it; and a man who thinks his equipment is going to see for him is not going to get much of anything.”

I feel that snapshots can get close to capturing the essence of humanity. They are often the visual poetry of the human condition.
Robert Jackson

The Snapshot is King

There’s no more damning critique of a photograph than “It’s a snapshot.” This makes no sense to me.

Let’s examine what a snapshot is.

  • Snapshots are usually reserved for family, friends and events, where we’d rather be enjoying ourselves than setting up a tripod.
  • A snapshot discards the “rules” of photography and aims for pure emotion. What could be more artistic?
  • The snapshot gives voice to 3-year olds, the poor and many other groups often considered unworthy of the “art” world.

The truth is the vast majority of photographers take snapshots.

The best selling cameras are made for snapshots.

The snapshot is the medium for some of the most important pictures in history (see war time and citizen journalist photography).
Its time the snapshot got a little more respect. I find nothing wrong with it. In fact, for the joy a snapshot usually brings to my life, I care for it far more than anything hanging in a gallery.

Happy Accidents

From Patrick Rhone:

“Action shots should have action. They shouldn’t be perfect. They shouldn’t be still. They should be blurry and full of energy…The lesson I have learned here is to not be so quick to judge. These judgments are often clouded by desires or goals that we may have in one moment that, revisited in hindsight, may not be the best choice. That, sometimes, we may find beauty in exactly the places we least expect it if we look with a less reactive eye.”
It’s the imperfections that make our most prized photos (and people) unique.