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  • Writer's pictureBryce Joyce

Does your camera take good pics?

A phrase based in the miss understanding of and art form, but a genuine interest in building a rapport with a person that seems to have a similar interest or maybe it’s just a friendly comment…

“Wow, nice camera, I bet in takes great pictures…?”

Naturally I try to politely meet the general interest with a smile and a brief reassurance that it indeed allows me to make some quality images. This however is the precipice of a larger issue that can plague photographers. The idea that the quality of your photos are solely dependent on the perceived quality of your equipment.

I can tell you that the camera you use does not determine the quality of your work, for many years photographers the world over had taken brilliant photos on cameras with no technology outside of a roll of film. My point is simply that a keen eye for detail and an understanding of composition are fundamental to quality photography.

If you give the highest end professional camera to a non photographer they won’t magically be snapping works of art that fill the Louvre. Give yourself the credit for knowing how to utilize the features of your camera to get the best results in any situation.

Knowing how to use your camera is as much a skill as photography itself, and although the technical side involves settings and shutter speed, ISO and aperture, all of which are important elements of a good photo. The art side involves just as complex an examination of your subjects, the light and the composition all of which the camera has no control over. Its up to you as the photographer to establish your subject in an engaging manner to speak to the audience and elicit an intended response.

Now…why do professional photographers buy the best equipment? Well that would be a fair question, since I did just tell you that the camera doesn’t take the picture. Professional gear offers features and

benefits to allow working professionals a better chance at controlling their camera. Things like higher end weather sealing, better autofocus, more dynamic range, as well as a host of other advance settings. The key take away is that a professional has mastered the basics of composition, using light and creating a compelling visual story. When equipped with a more state of the art piece of equipment they can reach even further levels of creativity.

For the average hobbyist, just about any modern camera is a great place to start. Master your camera and push yourself to find its strengths and weaknesses. Also take the time to really learn the functions and know what your camera is capable of. Sometimes just making sure you are correctly dialling in your settings and shooting in RAW format will allow you to get more out of the equipment you currently own. Most of all just find joy in capturing the world around you.

Thanks for reading…


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