The camera has been sitting the box on the dining room table for a few weeks. Jon said he couldn’t resist buying it for me even though, a couple of weeks before, he bought me the Fuji Instax Instant camera.
“It was on sale,” he told me, ” from Lomography, only $60″. “It’s completely different from the Instax and comes with three different lenses.”
I opened the box when Jon first gave it to me, but it was so complicated, so many different buttons and levers, so many options, I left it on the table till last night.
The reason I finally took the camera out of the box were the dished piled up in the sink.
I knew they would make a good photo. But not with my iPhone. It was the kind of picture that needed an instant camera.
I took four photos of the dishes in the sink before got one I liked. And at the time I wasn’t really sure which one that was.
I sometimes have an idea of what I expect a picture to look like when I take it. And when that doesn’t happen I need time and space away from the picture so I can actually see the pictures I have taken free of my expectations.
Only then do I know which photos are good and which aren’t.
I took about 10 pictures between last night and this morning. I don’t feel like I’m any closer to knowing how to use the camera. But I know I can only learn by using it. I’ve never been about to retain information from any instruction manual by just reading it.
It will be experience that teaches me to use my new Lomo’Instant Camera. And now that I’ve gotten over my initial fear of using it, I can begin learning.