I had all these plans to write a post for you today, but I don’t know, the time just disappeared, but it does give me a chance to redo some older posts. It is good to repost some knowing that what was said is still really relevant today. Today I thought we could take another at a post I wrote in response to people thinking that my camera does all the work. I hope you enjoy seeing it again.
Have you ever been out taking photos and someone has looked at your camera and said, “wow, that’s a great camera, it must take great photos”? I’ve had it said to me many times. Yeah, I do have a great camera, but is that camera going to take great photos for everyone? There is an assumption by many people that it won’t matter what I do, I will get fantastic photos, like it has nothing to do with me.
When people, and by people I mean those that don’t really know about photography, see photographers with cameras, then the assumptions happen. I was teaching a woman photography one day and she had a bigger camera than mine, and people would say to her, wow I bet you get good photos with that? She had hired me because she didn’t know how to use it.
I try not to be insulted when people say things like that, I know it’s ignorance, but seriously, really, do they not think that I have anything to do with it. I have spent years and years learning my craft, how to use the camera to get the best from it. Composition, figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Then there is working out how to photograph different things, like landscape photography, or architecture, now stars. I have spent, oh I don’t know how, many hours over the last few years learning to use Photoshop so I can also get the best out of my camera.
I do have a great camera, and it does take great images, but that is because I know how to use it and I know, well most of the time, what I am doing with it.
I also think that you don’t have to have a great camera to get good images. I have seen photos here on WordPress that have blown me away, and then found out they were taken on a compact style camera. Top cameras do have advantages, and they will do things that are great, but in the end, it doesn’t matter how you got the image, it is all about the image itself. If you learn how to use your camera, and use it well, then who will know what you are using. At the end of the day, people don’t look at a photo and say that must have been taken with a great camera.
Have you experience that reaction? Do feel that way when you see someone with a bigger camera than you? When you look at photos that people have taken do you wonder what sort of camera they have?
On another note, if you are interested in writing a U4D post for me, send me an email. Would love others to start writing for me again.
The photos in this post are from the original one and were taken almost three years ago.