More famous quotes…
“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it”. – Ansel Adams (Influential American landscape photographer)
This quotes echoes the words of Arnold Newman and highlights that it is the photographer that is important, not the camera. A top-end camera can give you first class results, but without a creative operator, its a mere complex machine in the wrong hands. The camera is merely a tool. It captures the subjects you point it at, but as it can’t see those subjects for you, it can’t pick and chose the light, the composition or what to include or exclude in the frame. It can’t act on emotion and it doesn’t see, hear or smell. All these senses are part of system that builds up to inspire us to capture the beauty in front of us and the camera can merely perform, as you tell it to. Learning about your subject, study light, composition and basic camera technique. Then use these skills to capture the vision in front of you, no matter what camera you use.
“The best camera is the one you have with you”. – Chase Jarvis (American Commercial Photographer)
Whilst this quote, again, hints on the importance of the photographer more than the camera, we can look at this from the point of view of having a camera with you at all times. These days this is a lot easier to do, with a choice of models in all sizes ideal for travelling. However, there’s another camera that you probably have on you right now. Your phone camera. These built-in cameras, now rival the compact digital camera that most manufacturers are actually discontinuing because of the booming smartphone market. These cameras are excelling in quality and the results they can achieve is quite remarkable. Whilst they might not be as well equipped and advanced as your normal camera, having this camera, rather than no camera at all, can be the difference between taking a picture and simply not being able to. Taking their limitations into account, you can still take superb images with these and in the right situation, they will infact be the ideal camera for the job. Discrete, portable and with a bright wide angle lens plus a range of apps to modify or enhance the image being taken, their usefulness is immeasurable and therefore can be ideal for capturing images when your main camera is at home.
“You cannot depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus”. – Mark Twain (American author)
Even a non-photographer can provide inspiring quotes that translate just as well in the world of photography as anywhere else.
Photography is an escapism for many and a way of showing their creative side. Some take photographs because they can’t paint, some use photography to express their imagination as they can’t put into words in the way they would like to. Whatever your excuse for going out with a camera, its important to switch off from everyday life and switch on to your creative side. You can’t expect to create great images, if your mind is elsewhere thinking about work, life, family or the chores you haven’t done. Your imagination needs to be clear and free to roam for those compositions and for the visual dreams to become a reality. Free your mind and let your imagination take over.