The Camera Matters.

Started Sep 17, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: The Camera Matters.
In reply to howardroark, Sep 18, 2013

Excellent write up, Howard. I agree, oversimplification can be misleading.

I think, 'camera (equipment) doesn't matter, is an extreme position of the argument. As I understand, the argument makes two observations to come to one conclusion.

One, a good photographer (with creativity, imagination, skill, motivation, dedication etc) can make excellent photographs with average equipment. You have covered this aspect of the argument at length.

Two, a not so good photographer (without creativity, imagination, skill, motivation, dedication) will make not so good photographs even with excellent equipment. Excellent equipment doesn't make their photographs automatically excellent.

So, these two observations lead to one conclusion: it is not the camera, meaning photographer is a lot more important than the equipment he or she uses. In internet forums and blogs, this argument is most commonly aimed at those who buy or want to buy expensive equipment believing that this alone will make them better photographer or will make their photographs better.

I don't think this is an argument against better and more capable equipment. This is an argument against more reliance on the equipment and less on the skill, creativity etc.

As you have mentioned, the whole process is a lot more complex than the oversimplification would imply. But it is still a very powerful argument as long as we don't take it to the extreme and use it appropriately (to encourage people to learn, practice and think outside the box).

Thanks for posting this.

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