Posted 09 May 2007 - 04:35 AM
[quote name='wronb']Good insight on digital camera purchases. I think too many photographers, including beginners, advanced amateurs, and professionals, spend too much time worrying about such things as lens sharpness, camera choice, and technical stuff that really is not the essence of fine photography. I'm reminded of what Minor White, the old photoghraphic guru, once said when asked about the technical data of a particular photograph he took. He said: "A camera was faithfully used." That statement just about sums it up.Photographers who have developed their skills beyond shooting family and holiday snapshots, and are thinking of selling their work, absolutely must seriously consider the technical limitations of cheaper equipment. No professional agency is going to consider a portfolio which comprises largely of soft images. I agree that the camera is only as good as the photographer using it, but even the best photographer can be held back by equipment which doesn't match his or her skills. The laws of physics prevents a cheap zoom lens which, because of cheap plastic elements, causes soft images, from producing a sharp photograph.Decent equipment is often the difference between a snapshot and a photograph... As long as its owner has the creative ability to use it properly.