the years I have noticed the many similarities within photography that
parallel victorious Christian living. Though the first part of this article
may be a bit technical for some, I want to urge you to press through to
the main point which will tie in these allegorical photographic insights.
I pray, as you read, that you will be challenged to make the decision
to press in deeper to what He has provided, and who knows, you may also
improve your photography skills just a bit as well. ;-)
times after viewing a great photo, people will inquire regarding
the type of camera the photographer used, figuring if they buy the
same exact camera they will get the very same results. Of course,
this type of reasoning is simply just not true. You see, cameras
dont make great images, people do. A camera is really only
a machine that will record an image, any image of what ever and
where ever it is applied to.
are great photographic images that touch your emotions and grab
your attention, pulling you through the inner reaches of their content
to explore the many facets of the beauty thats been captured,
and then there are snap-shots. Anyone can take a snap-shot, just
aim the camera and press the shutter release button.
to capture a stellar image, one must first be where the image is
rendering itself in the best light. They must also have developed
an artistic eye to frame the image creatively, knowing what to include
and what to exclude as well as selecting the proper angle or vantage
point from where best to make the capture.
must also know the boundaries and limitations of the camera they are using,
as well as having the proper knowledge on how to select the right aperture,
for the correct depth of field, the right ISO (to keep the noise or graininess
at bay while still enhancing the sensitivity of the sensor) and the correct
is also imperative to have a working knowledge of what f-stop range
your lens will render the sharpest image. Most lenses are soft wide
open and are also prone to diffraction (the bending of light) which
also causes softness at the smaller aperture range. So one must
know where that sweet spot is in the middle of this range, to achieve
a truly crisp image. One must also note that smaller apertures produce
greater depth of field, the range from that which is closest to
that which is farthest that is still in focus within your image.
So having an understanding of these factors will help the photographer
select the right settings which the image demands.
also helpful to have an understanding of color saturation and how
it is affected by exposure compensation and when to underexpose
so as to get the color saturation just right. One must also understand
color temperature regarding artificial light, sunlight and how daylight
changes in color temperature throughout the day. With this in mind,
they must have a working knowledge on how to set the white balance
as well as color saturation within the camera.
you want to blur the subject, as in a waterfall or stream, to reflect
motion? Or do you want to freeze the subject motion to show detail?
Your knowledge of shutter speed will determine this. But again,
learning how to see creatively, developing an artistic eye is a
major key coupled together with the understanding of your cameras
functions that produce images that catch the eye and touch our emotions.
similar within the Body of Christ. Many believers are content to
be just snap-shot Christians, but deep within their hearts theyre
not really happy with the results of the image they have developed. Theyve
learned how to navigate within the basics of point and shoot faith, but
dont really want to put forth the extra effort to move into the
more advanced menus within the Word of God that will bring forth the multifaceted
image of the blessing and the vividness and saturation of His grace.
Easter musical this last year, there was a woman sitting right behind
me with a small digital point and shoot camera. She would take a picture
of the drama within the musical and then show me the image, obviously
pleased with how wonderful they were. In actuality, the images were
highly washed out, rather dull and lifeless. But to her they were
stellar. I asked her if she would allow me to take a couple of pictures
with her camera. She obliged.
thing I did was to turn the flash off. I then took the camera off
the automatic setting, switching it to shutter priority mode and experimented
with underexposing a few images in different increments until I found
which setting caused the colors of the stage lights and costumes to
really pop. I braced the camera on the top of the pew to eliminate
vibration and shake and proceeded to capture a couple of really nice
shots. I then handed the camera back to her and asked her to take
a look at these images and see how they differed from her own.
shocked and greatly amazed that her camera was actually able to perform
at this level. After the service she wanted to know how I was able
to get those images to look like that! She then told me she has had
the camera for a couple of years and uses it often but has never been
able to get the results that I did within those few couple of minutes.
I tried to explain it to her, but I could tell she really wasnt
interested in all the details. She really just wanted a quick and
easy setting to switch to, so she could just continue doing what she
was familiar with. As I was explaining what I had changed, she stopped
me in mid sentence and told me it all sounded way too complicated
and just walked away. In an instant, she had made a conscious decision
to settle for those snap-shot images shes been used to and would
just continue doing the same old thing while all along desiring different
thats the way some Christians are regarding their walk of faith.
They want the stellar spiritual results theyve seen in others and
have heard about, but dont want to embrace the discipline to obtain
it. Theres only one way to bring spiritual change into our lives;
weve got to decide to set time aside every day to get into the Word
and into His presence through praise, worship and prayer. It must become
a daily endeavor and its got to become a non-negotiable exercise
that we will refuse to compromise.
need to finally come to the realization that its in that place
of His presence, sitting at His feet, within His presence that brings
about the manifestation of where the colors of the blessing of life
begin to pop! Galatians 6:8 reminds us: For he who sows to his
flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit
will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. When we sow to the
Spirit we will reap His everlasting, ongoing, life and the multifaceted
and immensely colorful benefits that have no end. Its a spiritual
law. His life is the fullness of life, and is meant to be experienced
in the here and now. Its the abundant life of Christ, that rich
and victorious life, that He intends for us to experience and enjoy.
Its the cry of every Christians heart, the cry of the Spirit
within that desires to develop the image that weve been predestined
begin to grow and mature in His grace, sowing to the Spirit by daily
feeding on the Word, feeding on His presence, the fear and insecurity
that blur our self image, that causes us to see only a bland and lifeless,
dull tomorrow, will give way to a new and exciting image of success
and victory. Church, theres more, way more thats been
made available to us! Dont just settle for being a snap-shot
Christian. Allow the Lord to begin to show you how to take your life
off of the automatic setting and move into the rich saturated, colorful
areas of His abundant life that He has ordained for you! Yes, theres
a slight learning curve, but the results are simply stunning!
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