I’ve had a lot of fun playing around with the “Magic Art Filters” on the Olympus TG-1 camera. I know, I know… Real photographers don’t need toy-like filters to produce a good photo. Go ahead and scoff, scowl or roll your eyes. I don’t mind. While you’re doing that, I’ll be over here having a blast with one of my twelve in-camera filters.
Every time I look at these photos, they make me smile. I think that’s the point of these “magic filters”. They aren’t meant to be serious. You wouldn’t use them on a photo you wish to submit to National Geographic (or, insert name of serious publication here).
Photography is a lot of hard work. Sure, shooting is fun, but then you’ve got the uploading, editing (which, tedious as it can be, I actually happen to love), packing, unpacking, cataloging, downloading, sourcing, software-learning, troubleshooting, marketing and selling part of the whole business. While I’m usually really geeked out about photography, there are moments when I find it mind-numbing. The next time that happens, I will reach for my trusty art filters and have a little fun again.