Monday, October 29, 2012

Camera Turns Amateur Photographers Into Pros?

A photographer recently stated on his blog that a certain camera "turns the amateur into a pro."

That statement couldn't be any further from the truth. Sadly, some will not only believe that, but will spend money on that camera thinking that it will improve their photography.
Guitar and Drum - Phoenix, Arizona
If you owned this guitar and drum set, would that make you a professional musician?
If I gave you Neil Peart's drum kit, would you be able to play drums like a pro? If I gave you Phil Keaggy's guitar, would that make you a professional guitarist? If I gave you Ryo Okumoto's keyboards, would you be able to play like him? No!

What if I gave Neil Peart a basic drum set? Or Phil Keaggy a beginners guitar? Or Ryo Okumoto a kid's keyboard? They would be able to make those instruments sound amazing!
Summer Mow - Tehachapi, California
I could have created this with almost any camera... but not without vision.
It's not the equipment that matters. It is the skill and vision of the one using the equipment that is important.

A great painter can create a masterpiece using cheap paint, brushes and canvas. An amateur wouldn't be able to create a masterpiece even with the best paint, brushes and canvas.
Steadfast Movement - Mojave, California
The make and model of camera was irrelevant to creating this image. Skill and vision are what matter.
Drums, guitars and keyboards are tools. When placed in the hands of skilled musicians who also have audio vision, you have wonderful art that can touch the soul. Paint, brushes and canvas are tools. When placed in the hands of skilled painters who also have artistic vision, you have wonderful art that can touch the soul.

Tools are never as important as the skill and vision of the ones using them. In fact, tools are not important whatsoever--you can get the job done with any tools. Some tools may be preferred or may make the job a little easier or are maybe a little more comfortable, but any tool will suffice.
Sunrise At Cadillac Ranch - Amarillo, Texas
Does it matter what camera I used? No.
It is the same with photography. The tools that you use are never as important as your photographic vision.

Ansel Adams said, "The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it."
Window Shadow - Victorville, California
Vision created this photograph. The camera wasn't important.
If you want your amateurish images to look like professional photographs, you must work hard at becoming skilled and you must develop your own artistic vision. There are no shortcuts. No new camera will ever do that for you.

 

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