So this happened today….
My now teenager is reluctant to do outdoorsy things with me anymore unless it has a 100 foot waterslide and a diving board. However, when I told him that he could use one of my cameras during our hike this morning, his attention perked up and a look of excitement washed over his face. I dusted off my old Canon 40D, my first DSLR that I started my business with 8 years ago, and charged up the battery. I was relishing in my great idea. How awesome was it that he was excited to come hiking with us now. However, the excitement for me soon came to a halt. I was kicking myself because I didn’t have my nifty fifty lens (50mm, 1.8) for him to use. It is the perfect little starter lens, but I sold it a long time ago. I cringed at the thought of him using my 50mm, 1.2 lens and pleaded for him to be extra, extra careful, but alas, I gave in. As we drove to the trailhead, he asked me, “So what should I take pictures of?” I replied, “Anything, that’s the awesome part of photography. You can take a picture of anything that inspires you whether it be a flower, a curve in the path, or the way the light falls on a rock. Your goofy brother and sister have long been entertaining for me to photograph.” *insert eye rolls from the two car riders in the backseat* When we arrived, I gave him a quick tutorial of where all the buttons were located and threw that puppy into the auto function. Ok, ok, I can hear it now… why am I not teaching him the real photography details of how ISO, aperture, and shutter speed all work in tandem to create a perfectly exposed photo. Well, honestly, the love of photography starts the same with all of us – being inspired by things that are beautiful, and not so beautiful; being inspired by things that make us happy and also things that are upsetting. No one starts out excited about all the technical stuff, that comes much later. So off we go and I am smiling the biggest smile as I hear his camera click, click, click. He did get frustrated at times “Mom, it’s not focusing…. Mom, it’s not zooming in (hee hee, because it’s a fixed lens son)…. Mom, this is harder than it looks” I’ve got to remind myself to take it slow with him and not introduce things too quickly because I don’t want to overwhelm him. However, today was a great beginning to passing the torch and creating a love for the art of photography for the next generation.
P.S. – on the way home, he talked about maybe starting a website to show all of his photos. Thank you Technology Applications class at Walsh Middle School for showing him how to do this!