It's Not the Camera, It's the Photographer -- A Reflection

I'm not sure who first said this, but I have heard it many times. There is an Ansel Adams quote, “There’s nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” that goes along with this. Some things can't be taught. How you see the world and your ability to capture that is unique and only you can develop it. Learning to shoot "from the heart" gives added depth to images, and has little to do with the camera.

That said, equipment does make a difference. With today's cameras, the actual body may not matter for "normal" shots. Want good images of birds? Want to stop the action at a sporting event? Want to make a true macro image? The features of the camera and the lenses you use can make a significant difference.

So, maybe the quote should be updated. Here are some of the ideas I would include.

  • The best camera will not make you a better photographer.
  • When speed, distance, tracking, or magnification are not important, any camera will give good results.
  • Learn to use the equipment you have and develop your vision as a photographer.
  • Inspiration comes from within and has nothing to do with equipment.

Do you agree or disagree? Do you think the quote can be improved? What ideas would you include?