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The Camera is Only a Tool

© 2017, 2020 by Gayle Martin. All Rights Reserved.

It won’t make you a great photographer

I’ve joined a few photography groups on Facebook and have learned some helpful tips and tricks. I’m also seeing some outstanding photography. Unfortunately, I’m also seeing a subliminal message coming from newbies.They all seem to think that buying the most expensive professional camera will automatically make them good photographers. It won’t.

A camera is only a tool, and a tool is only as good as the person using it. I’ve gotten some amazing photos from point and shoot cameras, as well as from my iPhone. Photography isn’t about having the most expensive camera. It never has been and it never will be. Photography is about understanding lights and shadows and depth. It’s about knowing how to frame a good shot. Photography is a discipline, just like drawing and painting. It takes time and a lot of practice to learn how to do photography well, and even then there is always room for improvement.

Yes, I took all of them with my iPhone

The images below were all taken with my iPhone. They are just as good, if not better, than shots I’ve taken with my DSLR cameras. I like to use my iPhone for test shots, and sometimes my test shot turns out better than the DSLR shot. Different lenses do different things, and sometimes my iPhone had the better lens for these particular shots.

Sometimes life happens, however, I don’t take my DSLR cameras with me each and every time I leave my house. It’s just not practical I do, however, carry my iPhone with me, and it sure comes in handy when I unexpectedly came across a good shot. I may not have had the control I wanted. However, I didn’t let it stop me from getting a great shot. Good photography all about understanding the subject matter, regardless of the camera you are using.

The camera is only a tool. If you don’t understand basic photography you won’t get the results you want, and having the most expensive camera, with all the bells and whistles certainly won’t help you. On the other hand, those who do understand photography will still get amazing shots, even with an iPhone camera.  

My advice to any newbie is to start out with a basic, entry level camera, such as a Nikon Coolpix. Spend your money on  photography classes. 

Gayle Martin


@2014, 2020 by Gayle Martin. All Rights Reserved.
© 2014, 2020 by Gayle Martin. All Rights Reserved.
©2020 by Gayle Martin. All Rights Reserved.