My screen saver on my computer in the office is rotating images from our photo hard drives. Right now there are just about 60,000 photos stored on these drives. I often find myself just staring at the screen watching the photos fade in and out.
What I find most interesting about my screen saver is that it includes ALL of our photos, not just our best ones. What’s interesting about this is that it forces me to look at photos that I may normally overlook. Many of these photos could be considered imperfect because they are out of focus, over or under exposed or just plain unrecognizable.
I’ve been starting to really embrace our imperfect photos. They seem to evoke more of a response and emotion from me than many of our popular images.
In today’s digital world, there’s no reason not to bury yourself in mega pixels. Storage is becoming cheaper and cheaper, so why not hold onto those photos? I’m not saying you should never delete photos, but you’d be surprised which ones you will gravitate towards later.
I read quite a few photography books, especially travel photography books. These are all filled with great information that anyone interested in photography should know. With that in mind, sometimes it’s just fun to throw the rule of thirds, light metering, exposure compensation, ISO and all the rest of it out the window and experiment. Maybe not even experiment, just be plain reckless, shoot from the hip, pick random settings regardless of the light, turn your mistakes into masterpieces. It’s not like your burning through expensive film, you’re just slaying pixels.
Here’s some of our favorite reckless photos and how they were born: