Recently, I randomly carried my camera into a restaurant. I just finished taking some photos and needed a bite to eat. Our server at the restaurant struck up a conversation about my camera. She said, “I like your camera. What kind is it?”. I told her that I have a Nikon D700. She told me
she recently got a Nikon
(I cannot remember the model) over the holidays. Our server’s next statement struck me and grabbed my attention right away.
She said, “I am still learning!”. In response, I merely said “Me, too!”.
My response caught the server off guard. She looked surprised that I said that. She looked at me almost questioning my response! How could you say that when you have a “top of the line” camera? Don’t you know how to use it? I briefly explained to our server that photography is a form of lifelong learning. I take an inordinate amount of horrible photos every time out! The bottom line is that I try to learn from each bad photo. Also, I am always learning and tinkering with my camera settings, learning new things about my camera, etc.
In the end, I don’t know if our server realized that we were “one and the same”. Photographers may be on different levels in their journey, but we all share the same qualities of lifelong learning.
Just when you think you have something figured out in photography, it has a way of knocking you back down to earth. That’s true for distinguished professionals and weekend warriors!
That’s the essence of photography and that’s why I enjoy it. I am always learning! I hope that server (and new camera owner) takes comfort in knowing that I am just like her!