This was a question asked by a member on a photography forum I peruse occasionally. He reckoned that unless you have an intimate love for your camera – quite what that entails I don’t know, and I’m not sure I want to either – then you are not going to produce any worthwhile images. Well I beg to differ.
As far as I’m concerned my camera bodies and, for that matter, the rest of my gear, are just tools of the trade; a means to an end. Yes, I have an intimate knowledge of my equipment, insofar as I know which knobs to twiddle, when, how and, most importantly, why, but I can categorically state that love doesn’t come into it one iota….not even a teensy one.
You see love implies some give and take, sharing, acceptance of imperfection but that just isn’t the case with me and the black box. I give it nothing, I share nothing and I demand perfection. I decide which ISO, aperture and shutter speed to use, which lens to attach, which filter(s), if any will be added. It has no say in our relationship whatsoever; I tell it what to do and it obeys.
People say I have vision, for which I thank them, and it’s putting that vision into practice, making the images that I love, not the equipment. As I’ve already stated, I have an intimate knowledge of my equipment and just as, for instance, a wood turner, knows exactly which chisel to use and how to use it to create a masterpiece, it’s this knowledge which allows me to concentrate 100% on my vision and create mine – the equipment really is just the tool to produce the end product(s) of my vision, nothing more.
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