Thursday, September 3, 2009

Should we chase technology?

Read and re-read this posting by a friend of mine, Albert, in a photography forum, in response to some comments by a newbie. I hope he does not mind my sharing his gems of knowledge.

He said, "Please don't blame your camera if your pictures are not nice. The camera is just a tool and it's up to you to use your tool to get a job well done. Please remember it is the photographer who shoots a picture and not the camera. ...  Eye contact is also very important (this is in relation to portraiture) ..."
I cannot agree more, although I am still searching.

As an illustration, these two photographs were taken at about the same time, using different cameras. With the Nikon, I could not get the composition I want. The P&S, slightly better, but the two flowers in the distance could not be 'blurred'.

Nikon D300, 80-200mm F2.8/D lens
Lumix LX3

1 comment:

Cecilia said...

You touched on a great point there! Photography is about seeing, though understanding your tool and how to use it greatly helps you express your vision better. These two photographs illustrate this very well! I think developing the eye comes first. Technology second. A good eye can pretty much guarantee a good photo, but a great camera doesn't necessarily guarantee a good photo. Sometimes I've seen more impressive works coming from amateur photogs with point-&-shoot cameras than some people with professional cameras. An idea presented coherently with well designed visual elements is all in our eyes. A camera can never do that on its own!