the prayer of an amateur photographer - blog post - Peter's Box


Last updated on September 5th, 2023 at 07:35 am

Oh God of beauty, as I step out today to capture the beautiful things of life, keep my hands steady and my mind focused.

Bless me with the right shutter speed and aperture.

Do not let my battery mock me when victory is near. 

And let there be light so that I may not sin with my ISO.

Let me not forget all the tutorials I have learned, especially on navigating my camera settings.

Draw my attention to the beautiful birds that play in the early morning sky,

And the sky that turns golden at sunrise and sunset.

Thank you for my eyes that can see the beautiful things of life.

When I take my first shot, grant my subject the right exposure.

Steady my hands and make my feet as stable as a tripod.

Let the sounds of my shutter be of delight and not of fear.

Lead my path with light and my mind with attention.

Grant me the bravery to shoot in manual mode,

That I may have control over my scene.

Bless the work of my hands so that I can afford the most coveted lenses.

Which will reveal the beauty of my subjects without compromise.

Do not let me use the wrong lens for the perfect shot.

Or underutilize the capabilities of my lenses.

I commit my lenses to your protection.

Keep them safe in my camera bag in my going in and in my coming out.

Remind me to clean my lenses and camera with care and love.

Let me not be caught unawares when the perfect moment is before me.

Keep me busy in the company of wise photographers.

May I never forget to watermark my photos or forget to back them up.

Let my house be a museum of every camera under the sun,

And my works be sought from the ends of the earth.

Above all, give me the wisdom of Ansel Adams and the great photographers.

And the mind of Sebastião Salgado, so that my photos will always carry a story.

What’s next in Peter’s Box? ¡Hasta luego amigos! 


  1. Every amateur prays to God but once he’s a pro, the prayer turns to self promotion. Thumbs up TM Peter for what you do.

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