Friday, July 27, 2012

Thought Of The Day: Top 5 Most Popular Posts

Almost all of the traffic that comes to this Blog are folks in search of information on equipment (mostly digital cameras). Only a very small percent come here in search of ways to improve their photography. No one seems interested in photographic vision.

I recently had three different people tell me that, without great equipment, one could not do professional photographic work. That, of course, is complete nonsense. I've pointed out many times the professional photographers who use their cell phone for paying work. I've mentioned the great photographs made with cheap or even home-made cameras.

Sometimes equipment helps us more easily create great photographs. Sometimes it's a crutch for those who don't understand how to create great photographs. Get the best camera and lens and hope something good comes out of it from time-to-time.

If you can create great photographs, you can do so with any camera. If you can't create great photographs, you can't no matter the camera.

A great pianist can play an amazing tune on any piano. A terrible pianist can't play anything worthwhile even on a grand piano. It's the same for photographers.

You're equipment is far less important than you think it is. Worry more about how to make a great photograph. Worry more about light. Worry more about what to take out of your composition. Worry more about the story your image tells. Worry about the things that will determine if your photograph is great or terrible.

When people look at your photographs, they don't care what camera and lens was used to capture it. They don't care about f-stop, shutter speed, ISO, focal length, or white balance. They don't care what size the sensor is or how many megapixels it contains. They only care about the image in front of them and what it speaks to them.

Anyway, here are my top five most viewed posts (all of which are about equipment):

#5 Thought Of The Day: Sigma SD1 vs. Nikon D800

#4 Thought Of The Day: Sony NEX-7 or Samsung NX200?

#3 Thought Of The Day: Sony NEX-7 or Nikon D3200?

#2 Thought Of The Day: Sony NEX-7 or Nikon D800?

#1 Review: Samsung NX200


  1. I agree with the point of your post (that most of your blog visitors and, by extrapolation, most photographers seem to be more interested in equipment over the tool between their ears). Happily, I first found your site via your tips on photographing trains (something very common to my area). I also recently purchased two (older) books that are aimed at stimulating the little grey cells: Photography and the Art of Seeing: A Visual Perception Workshop for Film and Digital Photography by Freeman Patterson, and
    Photo Impressionism and the Subjective Image
    by Freeman Patterson and Andre Gallant. Both have been recommended by Ursula I Abresch (whose work I find quite inspirational).

    1. Species: Cheekius_Geekus,
      Thanks for your comment!

      I was unaware of Ursula's work. Thank you so much for sharing! It is wonderful!

      The 2nd edition of Photography and the Art of Seeing was a text book in one of my photography classes about 14 years ago. I wish I had paid more attention to it at that time....