I will always remember the day, i had my first encounter with a nikon camera. Sounds like the beginning of a love story and it most definitely is.
It began as a regular monday morning, and everything seemed to go as usual, but it was far from that, because fate had something else in store for me on that day.
I was still in my pijamas, i remember i needed to look for something in my sister's bedroom. At first, i didn't notice it, but after a few glances on the computer screen, my eye sight was suddently distracted by an interesting looking box.
The box had a big title on it : "Coolpix L120 " with an interesting yellow square on the left side with the words "Nikon" on it.
Of course i've heard about Nikon before, but i have to be honest with you, at the moment, i didn't know jack squat about photography, cameras, or anything else related to the matter. I knew one thing though: It's probably one of the most important things you need to know, if you want to make photography.
You have to know how to press the shutter button. I know it may sound crazy, but once you start thinking about it, you know i'm right. The button is the most important key aspect of a camera. You can have the most expensive camera equipment in the whole wide world, but if you don't know how to press the button or it suddently breaks on you and doesn't work anymore, the camera is absolete, at least until you take it to the repair bench.
So, I knew then how to press the shutter button, and boy oh boy after i've pressed it once, an unbelievable feeling got to me and i knew i never would want to stop doing it for the rest of my life. I didn't think about this, at first, but on a closer look, me describing my experience, sounds really close to making love for the first time.
I think there can be no better comparison. For me photography is love, because everytime i create something unique with my work, i let more love into the world.
That's what we should all be doing. We should be finding what we love because, in the end, that's what makes us and the world, we live in, better. There's no substitute for love.
There's something about the shutter sound, the camera makes, that's just magical for me.
I was 19 years old when this happened, and my greatest thanks go to my lovely sister. If she hadn't had the magnificent idea of purchasing that camera, who knows, when or if i would have discovered photography anymore.
If i could be born again tommorow, i wish i could do so with a camera in my hands. That's how much i'm hooked into this.
Months after that crucial moment i wondered. That was clearly not the first time i touched a camera or made a photograph. Why was that moment decisive?
There can be numerous reasons i could come up with, but only one comes up to mind right now as the most important one: I've never held a nikon camera before. I know all of you canon fanboys out there are going to ooo me but you shouldn't. I hold as much respect as i do for canon, as i have for nikon. Both camera producing companies have great delivering systems, and i couldn't point out who's better if i wanted to.
In my opinion, the camera doesn't matter that much, that we should be hunting for the latest gear out there, with the hopes of it helping us to deliver better photography.
That's really just an excuse photographers use, myself included, to not improve with what we have at hand. " That photographer has better equipment than me, that's why he gets those awesome pics all the time" Rings a bell? I think we've all been there.
Of course if someone knocked on my door, and left me a bag with the latest lenses and camera body, i wouldn't say no. I would probably be awake and shoot like there's no tommorow for three days in a row. Where was i again?
The feeling the Nikon L120 gave me, when i first shot with it, was like a lightning bolt just hit me. I've never been shot by a lightning bolt , but i did get electrocuted twice, so i know what i'm talking about.
The lightning bolt feeling still hits me, every time i pick up my camera. I now have a nikon d5100 with a kit lense(18-55mm) and portrait lense(50mm). Even though i've clearly upgraded , the nikon l120 will always be in my heart.
If you guys have had lightning bolt moments in your lifes or have been electrocuted before and lived to tell the tale and want to share that experience with me or simply want to comment on this article , be my guest.