Photography magazines are full of them. Advertisements! All expounding the benefits of the latest, greatest, best camera or lens ever built. All providing facts, figures and examples to prove that they will enable one to create the best photographs ever captured.
Last week, I read a Facebook post by Kitimat, B.C. photographer, Doug Keech. I enjoy his work and follow his photographic exploits with great interest. In his post he asked a very interesting question.
True or False?
Unless you’re an already an accomplished photographer and you’re looking for a specific upgrade, if you’re at the stage where you’re thinking that a new camera will really make your photos better, then you probably haven’t invested enough time and effort into working with the camera you’ve already got.
True, was my answer. I know that a new camera, especially a full frame camera would look great in my hands. But I know that a new camera wouldn’t make me a better photographer. Yes, I could make bigger prints, with greater clarity and sharpness. Would however, the artistic quality of the image be any better? I think not.
Of course, answers will vary. It is after all a personal question based on where a photographer is on a continuum of learning.
To really answer the question about what would make my photography better I believe that an increase in my knowledge base would be a high priority. I know I need to learn more about utilizing all the many features on the camera I already own, a Nikon d300s. It’s a great camera that I really enjoy working with.
And I would like to learn more about photography and art. I’m interested in impressionism and painters like Monet, Renoir and Cezanne and Canada’s Group of Seven painters such as Tom Tompson and A.Y. Jackson. Learning about these iconic painters and their work, I feel, would bring a fresh quality to my photography.
My first digital camera, a Nikon e4300 with 4 megapixels, was used to capture this image. Nine years ago. Its an image from the bluffs above the beach at Parksville, B.C. I love the expanse of sand at low tide, the white capped blue water and in the distance, the billowy clouds about the Coast Mountains. The children playing on the beach makes this compostion come alive. It reflects what I really I enjoy about the coast of British Columbia. The composition, mood and feeling all captured with a simple point and shoot camera.