Friday, 9 April 2010
Me and photography
Me and photography....we just don't hit it off. I have had so many cameras over the years. Never really knew how to use them properly, and most of them ended up broken or with a half-used film jammed inside.
Before I got into social work, many years ago, I actually worked as Studio Manager for an industrial photographer. I hired and fired staff, wined and dined clients, but made sure I never went near a camera if I could possibly help it. My boss tried his best to teach me how to use a camera, but gave up in the end.
In recent years, I haven't bothered with "proper" cameras. When there has been an event to record, I've just bought the one-use disposable cameras, used them and had the prints developed. More recently I discovered that not only can you have the prints, but most photo shops will do a cd of your prints as well for a small charge. So I've been able to pop the cds into my laptop to view them. Of course I should have been able to save the pics from the cd on my laptop, but I've never managed to work out how to do it.
Last year on a visit to England, my brother gave me his old digital camera, as he had bought a new one. It came complete with the cd to upload on to my laptop, the usb lead etc, instructions, spare batteries. How could I possibly go wrong? Well I've had it for almost a year now. I get it out from time to time, play around with it, take a few pics, try to upload them on to my laptop...and fail.
Oh and by the way did I mention that I am also a lousy photographer? Over the years I've taken thousands of photos of skies, rooftops, grass and gravel...but actually missed out the people who were the intended subject matter...or managed to just get them in the picture...minus their heads or legs.
The camera came out again this week....and after much fiddling about I took a couple of pics in the garden. This morning I got out my laptop and the camera...joined them together...and had yet another attempt at uploading some of the pics to my laptop. And much to my surprise it actually worked! The problem is that I can't actually remember how I did it, so at this point in time I'm not sure I'll be able to do it again.