Summer Photo Tips #7: The Best Camera For You Is …
Most people know that magazines, newspapers and coffee table books are filled with beautiful photos made by photographers using expensive, top-of-the-line DSLR or film cameras. Sadly, this results in many people feeling unmotivated to try making good photos because they lack an expensive camera. If this describes you, I hope to change your thinking.
As a professional photographer I don’t want to mislead anyone. High-end camera equipment can photograph certain situations that would be impossible to do otherwise. They also produce high quality (resolution) images that are essential for print media like magazines. Using an expensive camera, however, doesn’t guarantee great photos. Good photographs are less about the equipment used and more about the photographers’ skill at capturing a beautiful scene or telling a visual story. In the hands of a person knowing how to use it well good photos can be made with any type of camera. The images below, for example, were made with older and newer model point-and-shoot cameras.
Photos Made with Old & New Point-and-Shoot Cameras
Learning to make good photos takes practice. The best way to practice is to take a picture whenever you see something you would like to photograph. While its possible to carry a DSLR or point-and-shoot everywhere, that’s not always feasible. Today, almost everyone DOES carry a camera with them everywhere they go in the form of cell phone.. Most of today’s modern camera phones have the basic features that let you practice and refine your photo skills while capturing fairly good quality images. Here are some examples made with different camera phones.
Photos Made with Android & iPhone Camera Phones
It IS possible to take good photos with just about any type of camera. Over the years I’ve met people who’ve shown me exceptional photographs made with ten year old digital cameras, camera phones, inexpensive point-and-shoot cameras and even throwaway cameras. If you ever wished you could take better photographs but felt you didn’t own an expensive, “professional camera” that would let you do so, challenge yourself to start now with whatever camera you have available.