If you’ve spent any quality time with us you’ll know that we don’t tell people that one brand (or even type) of camera is better than another.
Cameras are tools. But the skill lies within the person.
If you invited me to your house and prepared a delicious meal, I wouldn’t say “Wow, that was terrific, you must have an awesome kitchen!”
Because, well ….duh. Let’s face it, you could put me in Paula Deen’s kitchen and let me have at it, but I guarantee y’all will be a little more than disappointed. Why? Skill. Or lack thereof to be more precise. Don’t get me wrong, tools can help make the job easier, but let’s face it, it’s all about skill.
We’re hosting a photography workshop at the studio this weekend for some local bloggers and in preparation for it, I created a few images using an incredibly simple lighting set up. After sharing my “product shot” and my “set up” shot online with the group, I had one of the attendees message me to find out if I thought she’d still get some valuable information even though she doesn’t use a DSLR for most of her images. She said she typically just uses her iPhone for images for her site.
Absolutely! was my reply. I even mentioned that fancy cameras with all the bells and whistles are often more overwhelming than encouraging. Oh, and by the way, I adore my
always with me/always handy/non-stop digital distraction iPhone for taking photographs too!
And of course, because I’m all about a good challenge, I quickly grabbed my iPhone and photographed the same set up:
The image top left was taken with a DSLR, top right with my iPhone 4, and the bottom image is my set up. One window, one piece of black foam core, one piece of white foam core, and a couple sheets of black construction paper.
Now I’m not going to tell you that there isn’t a difference in the quality of the images or that the DSLR doesn’t produce a much sharper finished image, BUT … for web only images, my iPhone does a pretty fandarntastic job.
And the bottom line is that spending lots of money on expensive equipment won’t make a photograph better, but learning to understand light and honing your skills will.
People often seem surprised to find out that we don’t employ the most expensive cameras, lenses and gadgets available. It’s not that we don’t like pretty, shiny and new … we do. Really, really do.
BUT, we’re also really really good at determining which gadgets and upgrades will be beneficial to our work, and which would just be fun for a while. And if we’re going for fun, we’d rather pocket that money and save for that return trip to Disney World our kid begs us for EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.
So here’s a challenge for you – create an image you LOVE with your phone this week. Of anything. Just concentrate on fundamentals and forget about what settings your “camera” is on. And let us know how it goes.