Photography and Technology – Too lost in the weeds

Photography and Technology – Too lost in the weeds
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When it comes to photography, there is a world of options to choose when picking right gears which revolve around Image quality, megapixels, lenses, tripods, memory cards, and various gear brands — no matter what you’re looking for, dozens of options exist.

And, well, that’s overwhelming. Does it really matter if you have the newest camera on the market? Will having three different tripods, sixteen different lenses and three different cameras really make you a great photographer? Don’t get me wrong, I am not an exception; I have been there too! Most often; we just carried away by the technology, comfortless we get out of the new technology and lose the focus on actual intent.

Getting Absorbed in Technology

Every year, new high-end cameras and camera-related tech hit the market, each promising better specs than the gear that came out the year before. It can be extremely tempting for photography aficionados to spring on the latest equipment to ensure their art is always top quality.

But is this really necessary? Though newer cameras can offer better image quality and other improved features, even older cameras or more affordable cameras can do the same work in the hands of a skilled photographer. After all, it doesn’t matter if you can see the nose hairs on your subject; it matters if you can evoke the theme and mood you’re trying to convey.

Photography as a Medium for Art

Rather than focusing on the best technical specs, artists should focus on utilizing photography as a medium through which they create art. The essence of art isn’t something that needs thousands of dollars of photography equipment to capture. Someone with a smartphone or a point-and-shoot camera can capture an artistic image with nothing more than a good idea and a strong understanding of the basics of photography. Though it may be easier to convey what you want with a higher-tech camera you can more readily manipulate to get what you want from a shot, it’s still possible to achieve that with a less advanced camera. Additionally, if you don’t know how to use a more complex camera, that camera could even stand in the way of you and your artistic vision.

Focus on Photography Fundamentals

Cutting-edge photography equipment isn’t a necessity when creating art, so long as you can convey your artistic intentions. A strong grasp of composition, light, shape, form, lines, texture, pattern and color can aid budding artists in capturing their vision without the help of a new camera. By developing a strong sense of the rules of art, a point-and-shoot camera or a smartphone could easily get the job done.

Don’t get bogged down by finding the right camera, lenses or stands when you’re getting ready to do photography. Remember, many of the great artists of the past didn’t need the newest camera to create lasting art, and neither do you. Find a camera and gear that you can work well with, and forget about it — while other people are fiddling with their state-of-the-art equipment, you’ll be out there capturing art.

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