The Boy Scouts are right you know.
Aside from having a great set of moral standards the Boy Scouts of America have a motto that YOU as a photographer need to keep near and dear to your heart, "BE PREPARED." I know when you plan on shooting that you are most likely going to be prepared. But what about when you run to the store? Or drop the kids off at the mall? Being prepared for those situations is as simple as making sure you have a camera with you wherever you go. Sure, you have an iPhone or an Android device, and yes, they DO have pretty nice cameras built in. But do they allow you to control focal length the way a zoom lens might? How about depth of field? What about 1/4000th of a second shutter speed for fast action? These are all things that you will NOT be prepared for if you leave the house with only your cellphone as a camera. Don't get me wrong, I have taken plenty of cell phone images myself but the images that mean something to me have almost exclusively been created with a camera.
"But it is such a hassle to drag along a camera all the time!" Really? Did you just make that your excuse for leaving your camera at home? If you love to shoot you will find a way to bring a camera with you. I have a suggestion on how to not only make it easy, but how to make sure you have a capable carry everywhere camera kit. Go buy an Olympus PEN E-PM1, or now the new PEN E-PM2. These cameras are tiny! You can literally hide one behind your smart phone! This camera will fit in your jacket pocket, purse, car console, I carry mine in my cargo pants!
I didn't start this post off with the intentions of it becoming an ad, but I just had to mention the new PEN camera since it goes along with our topic.
OK, back on topic. It was when I took this photo of my son the other evening that I said to myself, "this is why I always have a good camera with me." It was spontaneous, the light was beautiful, and I could't have staged it better if I spent an hour trying. It is pure natural every day life.
So tomorrow, when you grab your keys to go out make sure you grab your camera too. If not you may miss a little bit of life worth sharing with the rest of us.