The Camera Matters.

Started Sep 17, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: The Camera Matters.
In reply to caspianm, Sep 20, 2013

caspianm wrote:

From creativity stand point equipment plays much lesser role if any. However a sport shooter needs his high frame rate body. Landscaper needs his hi rez equipment. Wedding shooter needs to knows his software and the market. Hence in basic terms equipment (camera, lens, software, etc) are secondary ONLY to basics of picture taking such as composition, exposure or what have you. I have seen truly breath-taking photos taken with very simple gears. On the contrary, I see day after day poor photos taken with hi end gears on this forum.

In order to create there must be the ability to create and the will to create.  The ability to create involves everything from physically being able to hold a camera and see all the way to the camera itself existing and being able to do what you want it to do.  The will to create encompasses the desire to create, be creative, and improve one's creativity.  Typically people who want to pursue photography are phsyically able and we're all aware of the vast array of cameras to choose from.  Technology also makes photography more easily undertaken by those with vision or physical impairments.  Anyway, the point is that's where some people stop, with the ability to create, the desire to create.  There is no real attempt to be creative, which is perfectly acceptable when the goal is simply to record a moment...snapshots of birthday parties, vacation snaps, etc.  There is no desire to take control of the process, practice composition, or even create something vaguely artistic.

I personally don't think anyone needs to create art simply because they have the ability.  It is still important to have something that will respond in a way that allows for whatever the user wants, even if that means having a huge depth of field and the camera doing all the thinking.  Of course, like you said, there is a point where the gear won't do any more good (or very little additional good) and as far as the creative aspect goes it doesn't matter how high res a turd is, it's still a turd.

Equipment enables creative will to be expressed but won't take over the creative process any more than attempting at getting some mechanical adjustments as correct as it can.

Equipment is a tool and consequently photographer's skill & creativity becomes a major player in final output. Given an advanced photo equipment to a novice can be disastrous.

That's a great point.  Another example of why the camera matters so much.  Ironically if the camera is too capable or too complex it can have negative effects on the desired outcome.  The photographer's lack of knowledge has put them in a situation that doesn't match their needs and wants.

All in all it really depends. In advance world of photography the photographer's skill/talent and the equipment's capabilities are mutually exclusive. That is meaning that both have to be satisfied in order to achieve the desired results.

Agreed and another good point.  That's another reason the camera is something that can't be dismissed, because not only are the particulars of the camera important for enabling the creative process but also the skill of the photographer in understanding and using the equipment to express their creative intent.  If skill or desire to improve skill in using the camera doesn't exist, then the camera can actually interfere with the creative process even dissuade someone from finding the motivation to improve their skills and creativity.

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