Is it your gear or your skill

Started May 13, 2012 | Discussions thread
onlooker
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Re: Shall we settle it, then?
In reply to gdanmitchell, May 14, 2012

gdanmitchell wrote:

your example, as fun as it is to think about, only confirms that making a photography requires both a camera and a photographer.

Sure, that was the point of it. Since the OP framed it in categorical terms, I took it to its logical extreme.

1. A great photographer with a poor camera.
2. A poor photographer with a great camera.

Who will produce the most interesting and compelling result?

I'm betting on #1.

Unless the object is birds in flight, and the first one has Kodak Brownie, and the second Canon 1d Mk IV. I wouldn't want to place my bet on the first one.

I'll stipulate that the ideal is to place a great tool in the hands of a great artist.

Yes.

But I'll ask you to agree that someone starting from nothing will get a lot farther with a low end DSLR and some serious attention to making photographs

Low end DSLR is still a very serious tool. In fact, it is much higher than a vast majority of picture-taking public will ever use.

than with the world's greatest camera and no compelling vision.

Framed like that (great photographer with a low end DSLR vs. snapshooter with a high end DSLR), I agree.

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