Photography is not about Cameras
Men Like Cameras – Women Like Photographs
Back in October 2010 I wrote, Break the Photography Gear Addiction which took a shot at the gear obsessed focus of many photographers.
This post by Ken Rockwell covers similar ground. His post probably represents the best advice someone new to photography could ever wish for:
Ken Rockwell |How to Learn Photography
Actually it is probably the best advice that anyone at any level could wish for.
Here are a couple of quotes that will give the gist of the piece:
People get into photography in two ways.
Most people start by buying a camera, and learning how to use that camera and all its lenses and accessories. Today, people also want to learn How to Use Photoshop.
Far fewer people start in photography by taking pictures, which is the correct way.
This next one is absolutely spot on. Before I started this site I didn’t realize just how much the equipment versus eye/brain argument broke down along gender lines:
Women are better photographers than men as a whole because women worry about their pictures, and not about their cameras. Men spend lifetimes researching and talking about cameras, which does nothing to advance their photography.
And this is just fun – and very true of course:
To take great pictures, use whatever you have, and yes, that especially means your cell phone camera, and enjoy. Stop and ask other accomplished photographers and artists (not online experts or camera-club junkies) for input only as you need it. Someone’s apparent knowledge of camera model numbers and technical fluff is irrelevant to photographic ability. Before taking anyone’s advice, be sure that they have a portfolio loaded with the sort of photos you want to make. Otherwise, they are just tech-talking turkeys, and the Internet is overloaded with these guys.
There are minor points in the article that I disagree with slightly but the overall thrust could not be more true.
If this post really annoyed you then you really need to read Ken Rockwell’s post. I would also recommend my own post linked at the top of this one. If it didn’t annoy you in the slightest then you will probably find both articles funny.