Saturday, March 20, 2010
Day Eighteen: It's Not The Camera
People often think you need a big fancy professional Nikon or Canon camera to make good photos. That idea is continually pushed in the advertising campaigns of these and other camera makers. Some years ago I was showing my wedding portfolio to a young couple looking to hire a wedding photographer. They wanted to know if I was using a Nikon camera. They truly believed that the photographer must use a Nikon to make good photos. They didn't hire me because I used a Minolta. In their mind the camera was more important than the photos I showed them. The fact is, you can make really good photos with simple point & shoot cameras. The crucial thing is to develop your eye, and shoot enough to learn how to get the most out of your camera.
These photos were made with the Konica Minolta Dimage Xg camera. Only 3.2 megapixels, but what a camera. It's a real shame in my opinion what happened to the Minolta camera company. They no longer make cameras. They made some terrific cameras, but I believe their real problem was poor advertising. One day I'll go into that in more detail.
The man with the beard was a vendor at a farmers market in Watertown, NY. The boat scene was in Cape Vincent, NY, the place where the St Lawrence River begins. The Fall scene was taken in Albion, NY.