Is this proof of, "It's the photographer"?

Started Aug 10, 2014 | Discussions thread
anisah
anisah Contributing Member • Posts: 519
Re: Is this proof of, "It's the photographer"?

This thread seemed to start as a consideration of whether the good photographer really needed the best equipment, but, like many other threads in the forums overall, seems to have lost its way a bit.

In any era it is reasonable that many photographers will want to use the best equipment available or that they can financially afford to use, but consider that many of the great photographers from before the 1940s, and even much later, took fantastic pictures with equipment that we, today, would not even give house room to and would consider very mediocre when compared to present cameras. Truthfully, it is not so long agon that serious photographers would not use digital cameras as the images they produced were so poor. Now things have changed, and they will change again - of that we can be sure.

Yes, a photographer needs a camera, but camera technology is constantly evolving. The new technology sometimes brings breakthroughs that allow photographers to take pictures that were not previously possible, but may of the older forms of photography, eg reportage, phot realism, street photography, still depend more on the "eye" of the photographer than on the advanced technology in use. In truth, the user and the technology are both important, but the balance between them often depends on what you are trying to photograph.

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