Your camera's a tool, not a jewel.

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stevo23
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Re: Your camera's a tool, not a jewel.
In reply to wudyi, 10 months ago

wudyi wrote:

I found this good blog post for those of you who aspire to actually take pictures.

Blah blah blah blah blah.

It seems every month, there's a thread or an article about "stop playing with the camera and shoot".

This man came from the old school where you shot thousands of rolls of film hoping to get 50 decent shots and publish 5. Journalists had a quantity vs. quality attitude back then and somewhat now. Things were grainy and not well focused. But the moment was captured for time or life magazine.

And another thing - the camera's not a hammer - hammers don't have any subtleties. In the tool world, there's only one tool like a camera - and that's a camera. His camera was simple, but his film was complex.

And the other thing - cameras are also great for those who have no artistic aspirations. My dad was one of them. He enjoyed the technology and liked to run tests on film and cameras to see what they would do. He liked darkrooms and he liked cameras - old ones. He liked taking them apart and fixing them and making them work again. But he wasn't much of an artist. He just marveled at the little wonder-boxes and was fascinated with the idea of photography. And he was a walking dictionary of photography.

So it takes all kinds.

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