No matter how many times it has happened, it sometimes can be frustrating when someone says, “That camera takes great photos”. The camera is just a tool, nothing more and nothing less than a tool for my vision.
Think about it like this, what if they went up to Michael Jordan and said, “Those shoes really make you jump high”. What if they told Alex Rodriguez that the bat he uses gives him the power to hit home runs. Maybe they think the people who drive Bentley’s are better drivers on the road than people who drive Hondas.
I bring this up because as photographers I think we can get carried away with gear. I will be the first to admit that I always wanted the newest and best digital cameras on the market. Or, I had to have the newest lens to further help my vision.
Sure, these cameras now have X amount of megapixels and lens’s open up so wide that light from out space can be exsposed. But that is not the point. It is not the camera. It is you. It is your vision.
As a photographer you get to choose what goes in the frame. Not the camera. You choose whether or not to place the subject in the shade or in the middle of high noon sunlight. It is your choice.
The camera is only a tool for your vision. What about before digital photography exploded on the scene. Did you have to buy a new camera every 3 years just to keep up with the megapixels? Probably not.
I have a Mamiya 645 that is somewhere around 30 years old. This camera still works even when my Kodak DCS Pro finally died. The Kodak camera was purchased by my friend in 2003 for $5000 dollars. He used it for all of his professional work and when he moved on to more megapixels he sold it to me in 2007. That camera is now dead. It won’t take a picture to save my life.
I took this photo with my iPhone. That’s right… I took it with my phone. I use to think that if I only had this camera I would be a better photographer. That is not true for me and it should not be true for you. Take whatever camera you have and create your vision. Find the subjects you love and take the best photos with whatever camera you have. It’s not the camera… It’s you. Your vision.
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