A few months ago, I bought my first SLR because I really like taking pictures and I wanted to go beyond my point and shoot. So I got an entry level Canon SLR and while I have not spent too much time learning all the functions, I look forward to using my camera when I can – like at weddings I attend, etc – to improve my picture taking skills. I understand that I still have a long ways to go. This point is important because here’s the thing…
I was at Santa Cruz for my sister’s annual 4th of July BBQ and took my camera. One of my brother in law’s friends seemed to have serious issues with the other people who had SLRs. He was walking around, carrying his own camera and feeling threatened by the other people with SLRs. I overheard him saying “…and Bushra has one and [other person] has one.., etc”
I felt like I had to make him feel better about himself by telling him that my SLR is an entry level model and that I’m still figuring it out. He tested out my camera, changing around the settings, and snapped a few pictures. We talked about lenses for a bit and I tried to reassure him that yes, he knows more about cameras than me and that I’m not pretending to be some renowned photographer. I just like taking pictures.
I only took a few shots that night. I ended the night with a few pictures of the beach and sand in my camera. I just like taking pictures folks. I don’t fancy myself as an actual photographer because I’m not. I won’t pretend to be something I’m not. Really, I swear.