Todays post may upset some people, but I think it clearly needs to be said that yes technology with digital cameras have come a long way in the past 5 years, but having such features as face tracking, eye tracking, faster autofocus, and huge leaps in dynamic range abilities allow photographers some relief to get it right in camera, I think it needs to be said that having higher megapixels and all this technology does not make for better images.
Honestly, have you ever heard the saying, that camera of yours really captures a nice image. Think about that for a second. If you were dining out and the meal was fantastic, would you say to the cook, sir, you must have one incredible stove to be able to make such a wonderful meal? I am betting that you wouldn't. Its the same thing with a camera. It's about you and your skills. In todays world with the tech in smart phones, you see some incredible images for "Pro" photographers and non pro alike. In fact many award winning images are captured on smart phones and often is the case you don't even know it was taken on a smart phone.
About a year ago, maybe 2 years now, I put up a you tube video that talked about a new camera is not going to make you a better photographer, and what bothered me, was some people I knew personally thought that the video was directed at them. Ok yes, it was stated to me that the need for a new camera was a priority, and it was felt that a new camera would help the photographer capture better images, but in all reality, and I am sure many professionals would make a case that this is such a misconceived thought. In my opinion it said a great deal about a person who took offense to a thought I had and then blocked me, because he could not handle the truth.
The old saying sometimes its better to lend someone $20.00 and never see the person again is a very cheap solution to what could be what I would call a PITA. In short it was worth the twenty bucks, because I just need people in my life that think everything is about them.
This post is not about any of that. This post is to just simply state that you don't always need the latest and greatest camera to be a solid photographer.
With the recent releases, by Hasselblad, and other companies everyone wants to flock to the latest and greatest. I myself would enjoy having a Hasselblad to play around with, but that does not mean I am going to go out and spend $8000.00 because it will make me a better photographer.
The long and short of this topic is simple. Composition starts with the person pushing the shutter. Over the years I have taken more than my fair share of let's just say it. Crappy photos. I did however not reflect on how terrible the shot was, but what I could do to make myself better. That is always the agenda, and achieving that is growth.
The shared image is proof of what I am saying, and opinions will vary on just how good of a shot it is. Roughly 20 years ago I shot this image with a Canon XSI camera. The camera was a 12 Megapixel body, and it was really my first digital camera after stepping away from film.
Your opinion may be different, but this way a great capture, and what I walked away with was a happy couple who loved this shot ,and there was a lot of positive comments that really inspired me to continue the journey.
I really had to give a ton of credit to the happy couple because this was a long exposure and they held perfectly still the entire shot.
As cold as what it was, and exposed as these two were, I give them the credit for helping me compose this. IT goes without saying that editing software has come a long way since this image was captured but I want to reinforce my subject here. You do not need the newest camera to take awesome images.
I think the only argument here would simply be that this photo is pure trash, which would be debated. I won awards for this image and to be transparent, it lead to new clients and new business. Back then I was on a mission, and it was a pretty clear goal. Get good, get business, and help me pay for my ambitions in photography.
We all out grow our equipment, and being able to support an upgrade is a great thing, but buying a camera because you think it will make you better is just not realistic.
What I am hoping here is to inspire you to put the work in. Learn about composition, learn about exposure triangles, understand the impacts of ISO and most importantly, Know that you are the reason a photo is great. Putting the work in to understand how a camera see's light and how you can control the camera to create the type of image you so wish is the single most important thing you can do to solidify your reputation as a skilled photographer.
I think this one phrase says it all. There is a huge contrast in camera ownership and being a photographer.
With my post in conclusion, I would really like to know your thoughts on the topic. Please leave your thoughts in the comments and as always, I want to thank those of you who took the time to read my post.
Keep shooting and always be learning.
With admiration and respect, have a legendary day.