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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. I’ve learned some helpful tips and tricks and seeing some good photography. However, I’m also seeing a subliminal message in many of the posts, particularly from people who are new to photography. What they are saying between the lines is:

“If I go out and buy the most expensive professional camera I can, it’ll make me a great photographer.”

Stop right there! 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’s about understanding lights and shadows and depth, and 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 it well, and even then there is always room for improvement.

All of the images in this post were taken with my iPhone, and I’ve gotten shots that are every bit as good as stuff I’ve taken with my DSLR cameras. Sometimes I use my iPhone for test shots, and believe it or not, there have been times when the iPhone test shot looked better than the DSLR shot. Different lenses do different things, and for this particular shot the iPhone happened to have the better lens. I’ve also used my iPhone when I came across a good shot and didn’t have my other cameras with me. I may not have had the control I wanted, but it didn’t stop me from getting a great shot. It’s all about understanding the subject matter.

The camera is only a tool. If you don’t understand basic photography, then having the latest and most expensive professional camera with all the bells and whistles won’t do you any good. You won’t get the results you want. My advice to any newbie is to start out with a basic, entry level camera, such as a Nikon Coolpix, and spend your money on some 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.