I am not a professional photographer. I am someone who loves to experiment with photography. Years ago I bought a 35mm SLR camera which came with a telephoto lens and a nifty photography book. My brother is a middle school geometry and algebra teacher; I am not. So when it came time to calculate the mathematics of f/stop aperture numbers, I skipped those pages in the book and concentrated on the chapters focusing on being creative. I bought a wide variety of filters and had a blast playing mad scientist with all the bells and whistles my old point and shoot camera couldn’t provide. Learning to look for interesting angles, patterns, symmetry, textures and lines made taking pictures an exercise in artistry and fed my creative nature.
I now own a fancy digital SLR camera (at least it’s fancy to me). Without having to buy film and pay for developing, playing mad scientist isn’t as expensive. My theory is if you take enough pictures some are bound to be bad, some will be good enough to display as a rotating collage on my laptop, but a few will take me by surprise and be worthy to display in the arts and crafts exhibit at our community fair.
The whole point in this article is to look for ways to bless people by sharing your talents with others. Recently, a niece and nephew each got married. Of course they hired professional photographers to capture the moments of their magical day. I brought my camera to each wedding and looked for opportunities to take pictures from angles and locations the professionals missed. Some pictures I deleted immediately, others I kept on my laptop’s hard drive but a few I felt great about sharing on Facebook. My relatives loved the variety of pictures and they will be available to them free of charge at any time.
So don’t be afraid to make your gifts and talents available to bless others. God gave them to you use not to hide under a bushel.