“Photography is not about cameras, gadgets and gizmos. Photography is about photographers. A camera didn't make a great picture any more than a typewriter wrote a great novel."
- Peter Adams
I say this over and over, yes it’s not about the camera but it is worth having a camera you love to use. Chasing imagine quality is falling victim to marketing and numbers on charts.
What is really important to me is how it feels in your hand. Can you use it like you expect or want. Do you love to use it. I know that if I don’t love to use it I am not going to use it as much as I should.
I have just done a year and a half with a camera I didn’t like. It takes the best photographs, when it comes to quality, than any other digital camera I have ever owned. But I found it clumsy and awkward to use. It ended up on manual and on a tripod. Turn it on and use it manually.
Hated using it. It’s time for it to go. Yes I will leave imagine quality on the table. But I will be happier with something I love to use.
Photographing sailing boats today. Will be on the water at the Australian Schools Regatta and Championships at Belmont 16 foot skiff club at Lake Macquarie. Photographing the races I was in when I was at school. One year I raced a Northbridge Senior and another it was a 16’ skiff.
So many stories from those days with my scout troupe.
I will be turning to my Olympus today with the 300 mm lens. Perfect for bouncing around in a boat with. I know it like my own hand. Easy.
Misty trees, from near Bega earlier this year. Photograph and text copyright © Len Metcalf 2019