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

Started Aug 10, 2014 | Discussions thread
Joris1632 Senior Member • Posts: 2,265
Re: "It's the photographer" is a condescending and incomplete cliche

mostlyboringphotog wrote:

bford wrote:

Glen Barrington wrote:

The term "it's the photographer" is a condescending cliche that also ignores the other half of photography, the technical half, the technology involved that allows someone to produce a technically superior image. Photography, unlike something like painting, has always been a very technical, technology affected craft.

The cliche is also condescending because it looks down upon those that simply want to improve the technical aspect of their photography. If I were the photographer in that article, I would also not be indirectly referring to my photos as "great" and "masterpieces" while in the process of stating the obvious. Again, condescending.

Is the skill of the photographer important? Of course. Any photographer knows that. Is the technology of the camera used important? Of course, otherwise Ansel Adams would have used 35mm instead of medium and large format. A sports photographer wouldn't use a camera with high frame rates and superior AF. That photographer's pictures, which are nothing really special to begin with, could have been improved upon, technically, with a better quality camera.

This is also part of the camera marketing that suggests if you get the latest wizbang camera, you too can make the photo of your wife to look like a fashion model and so the one who looks at your photo of beautiful model will invariably ask if you used the latest wizabang cam.

OUCH! I hope your wife never sees this post!

But - I suggest that a photographer built the first camera, so it really does have to be the photographer every time.

This whole argument would vanish if we judged every photo for what it is and not on who or what made it.

No one who's spent a few grand on gear wants to hear that a $20 book on composition would improve his work more than a $1000 lensĀ 

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