Here’s another fairly basic, but important, lesson of photography: always have your camera with you. You can’t capture an image if you don’t have a camera with which to photograph it.
On a recent trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, I really had not intended to do any photography. But when I travel these days, I feel a little under-equipped if I don’t have a camera with me, so I threw my camera bag and tripod in the back of my car, figuring it would just take up space until I returned home.
Well, sure enough, while walking around Santa Fe and not thinking particularly about photography, I happened to walk by the Sanctuario de Guadalupe and was struck by this scene. I couldn’t help but take in the texture of the adobe, the flowing lines of the alcove, and the serene expression on the statue, and think that it would make a good image. So, I grabbed my camera out of my hotel room not too far away and was able to capture the image in this post, “Statue and Flowers, Sanctuario de Guadalupe.”
I’ll admit, I don’t carry my camera gear with me everywhere I go. But I’m getting better about taking it with me if there’s a possibility for photography, even if I think it’s unlikely. Part of practicing photography is making the time and effort for it, and having your camera with you is a necessary and obvious prerequisite to making great images.