07/03/2007

Buying the latest digital camera will not make you a better photographer.




For the sake of being accused of plagiarism, or copyright infringement, this article was handed to me by a friend. I don't know where it came from, but if the author would like it removed, I will do so without hesitation. However, I did think it appropriate and quite relevant and something that may be of interest to all. 

The article reads as follows:




It frustrates me that we have allowed technology to be the sole arbiter when it comes to the selection of a digital camera. 
We've been sold "megapixels" as the sole criteria. But you also have to look at ergonomics and the ease of use. 
There is at least one 3-megapixel camera that delivers substantially better image quality than more than one of its 5-megapixel competitors. It's sharper, the colour is truer, the dynamic range is better. 
There are cameras that have been designed with their lens and flash positions placed so as to defy the human hand to get a grip on them. Some of the menus on these cameras are laid out to confuse all but the Nerds amongst us. 

Considerations when purchasing a digital camera should be:-

  • Optical zoom range
  • Ergonomic design
  • lens quality
  • Capture size (megapixel)
  • Dynamic range
  • Ease of use of the menus

Cameras don't take pictures, people do. So remember all of this being said, a digital camera will not magically turn you into a good photographer. 

There is only a handful of basic rules in photography (I didn't say that!) that if you understand, will have you taking very satisfying photos on any type of camera. 
These rules are not hard to learn (I didn't say that either!) and your photo Specialist (that's me!) can teach them to you. 

I for one, would surely agree with that. Please don't go out and buy a camera just because you've seen it advertised. Read camera reviews in photographic magazines; they really go all out and physically put these new items through their paces. 
Visit your local camera club and ask some of the club members what they use and why. The same applies with lenses. You can really get disheartened when you pay several hundred dollars for a lens and find it just doesn't work for you the way you expected it to. And that unfortunately, is not good enough grounds for a refund!