Right tools for the job.

Right tools for the job.

What a quandry… I’ve agreed with many others on numerous occasions that better cameras do not result in better photographs. However it’s obvious to me after yesterday that I’m getting far better shots from the new camera. For a few pages of ranting about this, why not read Ken Rockwell’s amusing article on why your camera does not matter.

Basically I’m now thinking that a better camera may increase your odds of getting a quality photo purely by chance alone, and may mean you can capture better photos with less patience and dedication. Also, upgrading gives you that whole “new toy” fascination, which can result in better photos just by you using it more.

Saying that, if you can’t envision and compose an interesting shot, then no amount of cash will save you…

… and for that I’m truly glad, as it’ll mean that no matter how much money I waste on photography, I’ll always have something to learn, and something to aspire to.

August 21, 2005


Steve Graham
August 22nd, 2005

I would have to say that a better camera does result in better pictures.

I would like to see you get the pictures now that you get if you were using the wee blue throwaway cameras we used to have as kids :)

Or was yours the red one????

August 22nd, 2005

I had the red one, you had the blue one.

August 22nd, 2005

I think the better camera lets you get better photos of a different type. I mean, if you were to take snapshot pictures of your family, the throwaway camera may do fine.

Taking photos of Seagulls from 300m away, well, throwaway the throwaway :)

I found my camera helped improve my shots simply because I took a lot more. I wasn’t restricted to 30~ shots, and I could take them a lot more quickly.

Cool pic, I love rally cars ;)

August 26th, 2005

I agree with Andrew that being able to take 100s of shots in one sitting meant that although the liklihood of getting a good shot was the same, it meant I did actually get more good shots (and more bad ones). It also meant I could see why a photo I’d just taken didn’t work and re-take it. The D70’s a great camera, and you’re getting great photos with it!

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