I had a friend call me up sort of recently wanting me to take photographs for an auction charity event.
I think her question to me was somewhere along the lines of, "You know how to take really nice photographs, don't you?" To which I replied, "People seem to think so."
See here's the thing. I reeeeeallly enjoy taking photographs. I absolutely adore capturing my girls in them, and the privilege to be able to keep that, and reflect on them brings me great joy. But I know very little about my camera. I know how to draw a mean comic in photoshop - but I've never learned to use it for photo editing. I just take decent (but very amateur) pictures. That's why I've dubbed them "really good bad pictures".
So, I haven't participated in the auction event yet. I wanted to practice on somebody before I felt confident I could commit to providing something of value. Our friends, Julia and Alba volunteered to be my subjects. Thus ensued my first "photo shoot" - and a collection of "really good bad photos".
No matter what the reason people ask me to take my really good bad photos - at least I'm always pleasingly stumped. I'm always down to have an excuse to make time for art - no matter what the art, and if it can provide something for a friend or family that they can cherish (and otherwise would not have, then that's certainly my jam.)
Maybe it should be a thing. "Really good bad photos". There has to be more people out there like me that love to take a picture but know nothing about photography? Could we start a link party? The "really good bad photos" link party? We could share our really good bad photos and and then share tips on how we take shortcuts, and write about the best hacks for using cheap or free editing software? My really good bad tip would be to always use golden hour lighting. Then God can do the work for you, but people will still give you credit for being a good photographer. (Okay, we're not supposed to do that. I know I know. But...ya know.)