Does a good photograph need a good camera?

When I was looking to buy my first DSLR, I read a lot of posts and reviews about the current options by that time in the market. After a long hours in front of my laptop/tablet, my list was short to 2 brands: Canon 60D and Nikon D7000.

Why did I chose Canon over Nikon? Well, the reason itself is good enough for another post but in summary: I played with both on my hands and I felt like the Canon camera was made exactly for my hand. Technically both were very similar with pro’s and con’s but for me the decision-made reason was how comfortable I was with the gear on my hands.

How important is to have the best camera to get a good photograph?

As I commented on Leanne Cole’s Photography post about ; Up for discussion – That’s a great camera, many people believe the answer is to buy the latest and most expensive DSLR camera, if only it could be simpler pointing it in the right direction and pressing the shutter release to get a good photograph but, as every aspiring photographer should know, expensive and latest DSLRs have little to do with meaningful photography, and knowing or understanding the camera (DSLR) is only the first step of the journey (as I mentioned on my post about Reading the Manual).

“The poetry of photography will always be more important than the mechanics of the camera… you see the picture is taken with the eye, the heart. The most sophisticated camera in the world can never replace this.” – JACQUES-HENRI LARTIGUE

I couldn’t agree more with the citation above, the hardest part of photography – and I believe the most important – is to develop a sense of purpose, through an idea, a viewpoint or an attitude; you need to remember that you are trying to tell a story through a photograph so people can be engage and understand what you are trying to express.

  • calaveraphotography

    I agree with you victor, the camera and equipment is only a part of photography. I purchased my first digital camera around 2002/03 and it was a 3.2 megapixel Fuji Finepix, which I described in a post. Apart from having low megapixels it was very limited and gave the photographer absolutely no manual control over the images. However, its limitations helped me pay attention to important things like composition, lighting situations, patterns, and color. About 4 years later in 2007 I finally purchased my first DSLR. The photos were much better given the manual controls and higher quality of the equipment but the years shooting with the little point and shoot contributed greatly. Thanks for the great post :)

    • victorhphotos

      Thanks for your comment. It was also similar in my case back in 2006 I bought a Sony Cybershot DSC-S600 before buying my DSLR 5 years later.

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