17.8.12

A camera is a tool

The other day I talked to someone about great cameras and great photographers. Today I felt the need to share the key point of our conversation - something that’s really important to realise when you’re working as a photographer.

A great camera doesn’t make a great photographer. A camera is just a tool.

Never forget this. You can have the greatest, most expensive camera equipment on earth, but if you don’t know how to use your camera, and don’t have a good eye for photography a camera won’t do the job for you.
The other way round it’s the same: An old or ‘bad’ camera doesn’t make you a bad photographer. If you’re a good photographer you could have any camera out there - no matter how old, or cheap, or small - and still take great photos.

It’s your skills that make you a great photographer - not your camera.

It’s true, the camera is a tool, and of course having a functional, good, modern tool will help you, and make things a lot easier sometimes.

I’m a student, and I really don’t have a whole lot of money. At the moment I’m saving up for a new camera - I want to upgrade because photography is my profession, and I want the camera to make my job easier.
But I’m still shooting on my Canon 1000D, and it’s doing a great job. I even photographed Lady Gaga and the Queen with it.

This is just an example to show you, that you can really achieve some awesome results with any camera. Just be confident.




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