To bring your camera or not to bring your camera… That is the question.
I take my camera everywhere. Ever since the purchase of my DSLR camera, I have made it my obligation to bring it along with me where ever I go. Not only is it good practice, but it also trains the mind to capture that infamous shot you’ve been craving. Once you have that camera with you, the world is yours. Your mind and your eyes begin to seek. You want to capture something.
So you patiently wait for your subject, or subjects, to arrive. You tread on by. One slow step after the other. No rush. No worries. You scan your surroundings. And, just like that, it happens. You see your subject. You frame it. And snap!
Frozen in time.
Good thing you had your camera with you.
I’ll admit, there are times when I don’t bring my camera with me. Those were the times where I saw something that I truly wished I took a snap of because, as a street photographer, your mind is constantly on the lookout for great photo opportunities no matter what. And yes, in case you’re wondering, I do have my iPhone on me at all times, but I feel that taking a photo with a phone is simply not the same. Of course, that’s my opinion. Other photographers will beg to differ, especially the ones that rely solely on smartphone photography. Again, nothing wrong with this, just not my thing.
Then again, a photo is a photo right? Who cares what you use to shoot with? Well, I could go on and on with this, so I will cut it short and state that I will continue to shoot with a traditional photo camera.
Sorry smartphone camera. No hard feelings.
This is why it is imperative to carry your camera with you at all times. You just never know what situation will come. Just remember, the world is your canvas. Never walk the streets without your handy brush, your camera.