- March 27th, 2011
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If there’s one thing I get asked a lot, it’s “how can I take good pictures?”
Let’s get this out of the way from the start:
- Having an expensive camera doesn’t mean you take better photos – It helps, but it’s not the most important element.
Do you want to know what is THE most important, underrated, underused, under utilised and forgotten about piece of kit? Everyone should have one of these, and it’s WAY more important than any camera. It’s the six inches behind the camera when you’re looking through it. If you still don’t get what I mean, it’s you.
If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to send my blood pressure up, it’s hearing
“…You must be a good photographer, because you have a good camera….”
- Does the camera make the shot? No,
- Does the camera frame the shot? No
- Does the camera help me by telling me what would make a “technically” good photo? Yes
- Can I override it because I disagree with the settings, and I have experience of exactly what I want to do? Yes
So what does that prove? My education, and experience count far more towards the end result than the expensive glass and microchips in my hands. That’s not to say it’s doesn’t make a difference. There have been occasions when having a professional DSLR has made the shot, because of a faster lens, or frame rate, I’ve caught shots, I wouldn’t have if I’d had a £20 point and shoot. But, and it’s a big but, without me seeing the shot in the first place, it doesn’t matter what camera I’d have in my hands. Read more