Sometimes good things come from an unexpected side. A couple of weeks ago the company I’m working for had an event for the kibbutz it’s based in, and I was asked to take some pictures despite the fact they had invited a photographer.
I’m not a professional in the sense that I don’t do gigs but this case was different so I agreed.
To be honest, it wasn’t the first time I was asked to do something like that. I made a short video of the Purim carnival several months ago, but no photos. This time it was right up my alley.
As I’m out of film stock now, I decided to use my one and only digital camera except for the smartphone, my Nikon D5100 with the kit lense. Quite an event kit, right? Anyway, this is the best it could get.
Now here’s the good part of the story. While going around and shooting I realized that I do enjoy the whole thing. I’ve never photographed an event before so all I knew about such endeavours was based entirely on someone’s experience. And I know people ether like it or loathe it and it can be intimidating especially if you do it for money. But the fact that I wasn’t a hired photographer kinda spared me from that stress.
Moreover, I also felt more confident taking pictures of strangers because I could always justify it by saying I was invited to do that.
After the event I did a quick editing, applied some Kodak Portra preset to please my inner film purist and sent it to my colleagues. Barely was I expecting any feedback but the next day at work people came up to me and starred saying good things about my pictures. Our social media manager even asked permission to use some of those on the company’s Facebook page.
I have to admit I felt a little bit uncomfortable receiving all the praise for something that didn’t seem that big of a deal but I did realize one thing.
I made a great mistake when I decided to sell my Nikon, and thanks God I didn’t do it. I saw how I underestimated this little camera and that with a proper amount of practice and some tiny investment in a, say, 50mm lense I would do some good work with it.
Maybe I should go commercial now and shoot bar mitzvahs and stuff? 😉