It’s not the camera. It’s what you do with it!

Many’s the time I’ve had someone ask what kind of camera I use.  The short answer is, “Several.”  I have acquired a number of cameras for different needs over the years, which I choose to use based on how much I want to haul with me when I’m traveling or hiking, what I plan to take pictures of, how soon I need the images delivered somewhere, etc.  The camera case contents range from ultra-simple to high-tech.  There’s a battery-less, all-plastic, “focus-free,” single-exposure, film point-and-shoot.  There’s also a very nice DSLR with interchangeable lenses of various types and enough doodads built-in that it would seem to be able to do everything by itself -maybe even drive itself to the shoot site? I even have a pinhole camera I made out of an old plastic film can!  

I cannot stress enough that ANY functional camera can be used to take good pictures.  The question is what pictures do you want to take?  Although I have my all-purpose camera, each of my tools I tend to use for different kinds of projects.

None of these cameras takes the pictures for me.  Even if I’m the subject, I have to set the camera in the right place, make sure the exposure is right, arrange myself at the right angle, making sure that the background and foreground are not in the way, the sun isn’t glaring or casting harsh shadows, etc.  The biggest hurdle is learning to use the camera you have to its best advantage and developing a sense of composition and style so that you get the pictures you want.

Next:  Why I love point-and-shoots

About heather

A third-generation, informally trained photographer, Heather Siple has been taking pictures since she was old enough to hold a point-and-shoot steady. Her work has appeared across the US and internationally in museums, galleries and publications. Siple is the founder of the photo group ArtLane PCG .
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3 Responses to It’s not the camera. It’s what you do with it!

  1. Pat says:

    Heather,
    I like your philosophy. It’s the human being that makes the important difference, not the mechanical equipment.

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