The Camera Matters.

Started Sep 17, 2013 | Discussions thread
Erik Magnuson
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It's about process and learning
In reply to howardroark, Sep 18, 2013

The main rationale for the oversimplification is that it's usually more effective for the photographer to upgrade themselves than to upgrade the gear.   All cameras will have limits - part of the process of mastering the craft is to explore those limits and then learn how to work around them.  It can be cheaper in the long run, because when you do upgrade, you know exactly why - as opposed to just spending money and hoping the problem will go away.  You also have the framework for finding and dealing with the new limits.

To digress a bit why are you a photographer in the first place?  A few are actual pros but many amateurs emulate the professional ethos of "have to get the shot."  What is "the shot" and why do you have to get it?

This is why many (even pros in their off-time) have embraced cell phone photography or even lomography.  Precisely because the gear is limited and you will never get "the shot", the pressure is off and the photographer feels free to explore, to experiment, or even to play.  You find there are often other shots.  Of course, you can experiment/play even with the fanciest gear - you just have to fight the feeling that if nothing comes out that the effort (and money spent on the gear) was wasted when you know there are "the shots" out there you could have been getting instead.

Anyway, just an alternate POV on the issue.

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