Digital Photography School just posted a new short article from guest contributor Dan Dyer called Stop Waiting for that Amazing Camera and Appreciate the one You’ve Got. This particular article hits home with me. Personally, I finally have what I consider a nice camera (A Nikon D80), but for about ten years, I was working with a Nikon N2000, a film camera that is easily older than I am (and I still use it from time to time). I truly believe that you can get great photos from nearly any camera. Just look at some of the stuff people are doing with the Diana cameras.
Anyhow, I have long preached that the camera doesn’t make the photo. I even get annoyed when someone credits my “awesome camera” for the photos I’ve produced. Especially since those in the know realize that the D80 is still not an “awesome camera” compared to what’s available. My point is that the photographer makes the image, not the camera. I have seen people create incredible photos with their camera phones or a point and shoot camera. On the other hand, I have seen people with all of the top-of-the-line gear produce absolutely horrendous photos.
Don’t believe Mr. Dyer or myself? Check out the work of Jim Talkington with his Photo A Day project. For the project, he’s only using a Olympus E-520 (which is only a $600 setup). Not nearly considered top-end gear…but he’s produced some incredible photos.
So yes, go read Dan’s article and start appreciating what you have right now: Stop Waiting for that Amazing Camera and Appreciate the one You’ve Got