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WHAT CAMERA DO YOU USE ?

 

BY FAR THE MOST POPULAR QUESTION I EVER RECEIVED DURING MY CAREER.

 

This question undeniably represents among people, the growing misconception between an instrument and its use during a predictive / creative process. Let me elaborate on the subject.

 

You want to play a flute; It's simple, all you do is blow here and move your fingers over these holes and Voila ! Music is magically created.

 

REALLY?, NOT QUITE...  CLICK FOR WHAT IS REQUIRED TO CAPTURE A GREAT SHOT

 

Using something with Skills, competence & experience with the aim of achieving something totally specific and predictable is quite different and so much more difficult and challenging than just knowing how to press a key or button with one finger

 

 

You can't expect to just buy a flute, a piano, a typewriter or a new camera and expect them to create great music, poetry or fine-art shot perfectly composed, with perfect planes of sharpness with just the right amount of contrast and colors all filled with emotion. If you want to create music, play the piano, write poetry, or take exquisite shots, you need to know theory & how what you are aiming to achieve before using the tool... You can't just buy a Grand piano hoping to become Beethoven on the spot. This is about as meaningless as someone asking their Steinway dealer what kind of piano to buy so they can play like Horowitz, Elton John, or Billy Joel.

 

People ask me all the time what best camera and lenses to buy so they can take great landscapes fine art shots. Buying a better camera without having the skills, competence, experience and the predictable know how is as pointless as buying a Steinway Grand piano and not being able to play keyboards at the first place. It unfortunately seems like most people just want to buy "the best camera and lenses" and expect every pictures to just come out pitch perfect all the time. What is quite striking is the fact that no one ever wonders about what photographer are wanting to achieve in previsualizing their shots. Luck is never part of the equation when shooting great & unique shots. For experienced photographers,  the "luck factor" just dont ever exist. 

 

A skilled photographer has no need to shot thousands of shots to capture what he wants. Genuinely knowing how to visualize a future shot in a predictive way, the photographer shoots less and because he know exactly the result he will to achieve, he can shoot with any brand of camera and will always get "his own signature style of photography"; the expected results he anticipated & predicted without the "hope" of getting a "lucky shot". You can ask Elton John to play on any type of piano's, Grand piano, child electronic keyboard; you will allways recognize his sound, style & talent. It's the same with a camera.

 

HOPE & LUCK ARE NOT AN EFFECTIVE STRATEGY FOR BECOMING A TALENTED OR SUCCESFUL MUSICIAN, POET, ARTIST OR FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER. AN INANIMATED INSTRUMENT BY ITSELF CREATE'S NOTHING AS IT NEEDS A SKILLED, COMPETENT, KNOWLEDGEABLE & EXPERIENCED DRIVER IN THE DRIVER SEAT.

 

The moral of this lesson is that music and photography are far more than just knowing what buttons to push. Before you buy the latest an greatest camera to take better pictures, know that until you predictably know what & how you're trying to do, all you're going to get are the same snapshots result you’ve got before since a very long time but maybe with more pixels; nothing more. A well-tuned Steinway will play a kid's chords with brilliant tones, but there won't be any music coming out of it until a real pianist pushes his stool in. To learn to play piano take endless music lessons. To learn how to take great pictures, requires endless skills, knowledge, competence, experience & if possible art and composition classes.

 

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THE BEST BOOK ON THIS SUBJECT: The Art of Photography” by Bruce Barnbaum's.

 

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