Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Thought Of The Day: Use What Camera You Have

I caused a small stir when I said recently that your camera matters not. It's not the first time I've said that your camera doesn't matter, either. I keep saying it over and over in hopes that someone will get the idea.

Some people insist that you have to have the "right camera for the job" in order to make successful photographs. And that is true. However, any camera can be "the right camera" if you are creative enough with it.

If you have a camera in your hand and you think to yourself that it isn't good enough in some aspect to successfully capture the scene, it's not the camera's fault. The camera is very much capable. You can work around the camera's limitations. The only limitation is that of the photographer.

Michael Chrisman made an amazing photograph of the Toronto skyline using a home made pinhole camera and some photography paper. Eric Kim uses a disposable camera for street photography. David Burnett took an award-winning photograph of Al Gore using a cheap Chinese camera. And renown photographer Chase Jarvis used a cell phone to create some great images.

There are, of course, tens of thousands of other examples, too.

A great pianist can play a masterpiece on any piano. A great painter can create a masterpiece on any canvas and with any brushes. The tools they use are far, far, far less important than the skills they have.

Don't be afraid to think outside the box. Don't be afraid to do something different. Be creative! Be original! Be an artist!

Follow this link and check out the video of photographer Erik Johansson.

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