Photographers... Not Gear or Apps Make Images
Photographers... Not Gear or Apps Make Images!
Hope the shutterbugs don't burn me at the stake, but I'm starting to prefer mobile iPhone photography more than sSLR or high-end compact stuff.
It seems it just gives me more joy and eliminates gear distraction altogether. Great, sophisticated gear has it's place of course, but to appease my soul... mobile photography gives me the most joy.
I find myself reshooting my iPhone shots just because I'm a "photographer" and expected to deliver noiseless, yada.. yada... images with megapixel... blah-blah-blah.
I'd rather make images that give me joy and hope they give other's joy.
I have been noticing a difference in the images made while traveling between these images made with an Olympus XZ-1 compact & my heavily-edited recent iPhone 4 images from the same trip:
Happy with each so far for different reasons. Seems like the basic image-making would be similar, but the thought process is somewhat different for me.
I don't shoot the images within apps. First try to get a basic image that might stand on it's own without any extra app help... then add app FX to taste... like adding spice to food. I have Hipstawhatever, but almost never use it since it doesn't save an unedited version. Also like to pass the same image back and forth between a variety of apps to experiment.
It's so funny when you see photographers whipping around giant lenses and setting up their overkill tripods as if the "show" of wielding their gear is more important to anyone watching than the actual image is. Cracks me up every time! Where do they learn how to be so seriously dramatic with the gear?
I'm guessing they learned this exaggerated photo-vogueing from some "photo walk" hipster-geek-shutterbug-poser.
To be clear, I too have dSLR gear & decent compacts. My experience goes back more than 30 years including 4x5 view camera use. And, I wouldn't show up with an iPhone for a product shoot of titanium-plated golf clubs. It's just that I've come to realize that although the right gear for the right job is an important consideration... more often than not, importance of gear squashes pure artistic expression.
Photographers leading folks out on "photo walks" who ate still selling the snake oil that you must invest in high-end gear in order to make compelling, artistic images just angers me for no other reason than it's simply not the truth.
Recently Nikon posted on their Facebook page, something to the effect that great images require great gear, etc. “A photographer is only as good as the equipment he uses.” Without any regard for the photographer making the image. They've since apologized for the comments, but it really touched a nerve.
Great gear has it's place, but it's the photographer who makes the image... not the gear.
(All Images © 2011 Skip Hunt)
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