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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Upgrade


Please, refrain from saying that " people can take really nice pictures because they have really nice cameras." There's nothing more i hate than hearing people says that. I don't know about you but I find that an insult to my intelligence - i may not be the smartest around the block but i ain't the dumbest either. I started photography with my compact camera, a Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 ( you can google it for a comparison with an SLR), and some of my all time favorite photos came out of that. What it lack on print quality you can find on high end cameras it makes up for content, big time. A camera, even those that of high- end ones, can only capture what you see but first YOU HAVE TO SEE! There always is a person behind the lens showing you the best in every shots. I can own the best oven in the world but that does not mean i can bake the best cake ever, if you get my gist.

Why upgrade if it works? Well, the only reason one should upgrade his gear, i think,  is because you have outgrown its use. When you think that your camera is holding you back on achieving your potential for better things, then it is the time to move on. Know your camera like the back of your hands. Every button on it has function that will make your life easier to get that shot you've been dreaming of. Learn it, master it. You may be driving a Bugatti Veyron Super Sports car and don't know your way, you might as well ride a scooter. Do not be tempted to join the bandwagon because everybody has the newest model of Nikon, Canon or Leica  (new models/camera bodies are being released sooner than you can learn the ones you just bought) . They may have outgrown the old ones or want to show off. If you cannot take a decent photos with the old ones what makes you think you can with the new one. Photography is more than aiming the lens on something and pressing the shutter. It all about composition, light, texture, shapes, colors, background and more, oh yes, a lot more!!! The post processing bit is simply a bonus in the great scheme of things.

Think of it this way. Whether Leonardo Da Vinci and Michaelangelo used paper , canvas or the ceiling of Sistine Chapel, they still produced the best painting the world has ever seen. It isn't the medium to which they painted their masterpieces, it is the real maestro in them. I bet you can give them a rock and they will make a masterpiece out of it!!!

 Taken with Casio Compact camera

12 comments:

  1. i'm just having my sour-graping moment because i cannot afford a Leica....hehehe!

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  2. I believe you Sis Eng... it's not the camera... it's the person holding the camera. It's in the eye of the beholder, as the saying goes. And talent plays a big role too. And Leica would be awesome bonus if you got one. wink*

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  3. weeeeeeeee miss you Eng and Ruthi!!!! hahaha I remember a photo conversation of you two one time which all the more sparked my love for taking photos...and whew, you two have awesome eyes and hands that take marvelous shots! Eng your photography is something I adore so much! you have mastered the art sistah! "Photography is more than aiming the lens on something and pressing the shutter. It all about composition, light, texture, shapes, colors, background and more, oh yes, a lot more!!!"- I so agree! keep shooting sistah, I am such a fan! :)

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  4. I would not only agree with you, but i have found some old, "broken" down cameras can do things that some of the newest can not. Our perspective of what ever we capture in a lens is mst important - the camera may only just give us more resolution to the image. (see some of my special phots of sunlight hwere the camera broke down sunlight into wonderful kaladioscope of color!

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  5. fantastic and very creative collage! happy+lucky2013 for u from the Netherlands:-))

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  6. ...and of course you are so right, its about what is see+capture, not the equipment:-)

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  7. i use both dslr and point and shoot. the point and shoot takes very good pics too.

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  8. Ouch! You changed my whole concept on PHOTOGRAPHY AND BUYING A NEW CAMERA.I love taking photos but as u say I know only to aim and click. I want to take beautiful photos and so I am hoping to buy a good camera.(that doesn't mean that I can afford them.they are very expensive.) but after reading your post I am doubtful about my decision. I like to take pictures of birds and butterflies that come to my garden and in the past when I took photos of birds they looked tiny and colours were not bright.That camera was an second hand cannon model. It's broken now. So I am without a camera at the moment. I want to take pictures of birds, trees, scenery, leaves and insects like dragon flies. Can u pleas recommend me a camera affordable but yields good photos, please?I think u are the best person to ask for advice as I want to improve my photography skils. I don't have any at the moment!!

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    1. hi blue lotus,

      i'm a nikon user and had mine for nearly 3 years now. i would suggest you go to a camera establishment and try different types of models available to them so you can get a feel on how it will work for you. camera models has they're own strength and weakness, too. one has advantages over the other and so has disadvantages, too. how much you are willing to spend will and may tip the balance. but once you set your mind on any model , you are stuck with it because you can only use nikon lenses to nikon and canon to canon unless you bought yourself a third party lenses.

      since you are more inclined on landscape/scenery and wildlife ( butterflies and insects) i would also suggest that you invest on lenses- macro for your wildlife and wide-angle for your landscape - in the future! if you have money to spend buy prime lenses ( a good investment if you are really keen on making photography a hobby of a lifetime)

      try you tube for video tutorials and tips on how to shoot an impactful and effective photos. personally, composition can make or break a photograph.try to learn it if nor master it, you'll see a difference! post-processing techniques , as i say, is only a bonus!

      Eng

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    2. P.S

      if you are new to DSLR, get an entry level camera first. they are user friendly and easier to get your head around. mine is entry level and took me nearly a year to learn nearly all its function.

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  9. Thank u very much. The instructions were really useful.

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  10. Yes. Talent is behind the lens. The ability to see subjects and bring out the best in them is a great photographer. Capturing something and glorifying it in a still is an art.

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