You need a bit of knowledge and a good eye though to preduce the photos we have seen on here.
I totally agree with your comments @Ste_A and appreciate that as a professional photographer, you couldn't turn up with your phone and photograph a wedding, for example.
I'm not a great photographer whether with a proper camera or with the camera on my phone. I totally agree with @jonsie that you need a good eye, which I fully admit I don't have. So regardless of what I use, my photos will always be so-so.
It's why you'll never see any of my photos in this section.
Though there are some fantastic photos taken with a phone camera here. I couldn't produce anything close to what some have managed to produce with a phone's camera. Not knocking SLRs but there are some fantastic photos here produced using a phone camera. That's all I'm saying. The photos here are really quite good.
We all have our own skill set. Photography has never been one of mine.
At times I have been really annoyed about that, particularly when taking photos of family members, or my pets or garden.
Then I think I would rather enjoy brilliant photography from others, than get stressed out about my blurred efforts.
They still create memories don't they? Pictures of my parents and sister, no longer with us. Same with much loved pets. Photos of our time in Florida at the theme parks, our apartment in Spain etc etc
The list is endless.
Yes they may be rubbish quality, but the memories remain..
Thank you @Ste_A. Great photos by the way.
I don't get out and about much anymore, so little chance of me taking any decent photos.
But I do enjoy seeing the fantastic photos you guys come up with.
I agree with both @Glory1 and @Cleoriff, my eyes aren't good these days so even if I take a good photo I wouldn't really know about it. If it isn't blurred and I can see the subjects then it will do for m .
I have literally thousands of photos dating from over 50 years ago to present. Gone are the days of taking a film to the chemist's to be developed, going back in 3 days and being badly disappointed with the photos you get back. Paying for photos that are badly blurred or just plain awful.
Thank god for mobile phones but many of my photos are in albums gathering dust in my son's attic. But it's good to get them down occasionally and look through them. It doesn't matter if they are out of focus or too dark, each have their own memory for me.
But browsing through photos when you are widowed and seeing happier times in your life bring equal amounts of joy and sadness.
I try not to look these days and to look to the present and to the future. I find myself taking photos just for the sake of it. Photos are no fun unless you can share them with the special people in your life.
However I do enjoy looking at the photos on this thread but they will have more meaning to the photographer than to the viewer.
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