The most important tools

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Article Excerpt: Possibly the biggest curse of the digital photography revolution is that it has excessively focused photographer’s attention on technology, rather than vision. We now have tools that allow us to take very sharp pictures indeed, but a sharp photograph of a fuzzy concept is of little interest or value to anyone…Why then do the majority of photographers, magazines and enthusiast web sites concentrate almost exclusively on gear, secondarily on technique, and hardly at all on how to see? The answer is simple – it’s easier…But, a good photograph isn’t measured in line pairs per millimeter, MTF functions, S/N calculations, or any of the other measurements that photography enthusiasts recite like religious mantras. The most important tools that are used to take good photographs are the human eye, the human brain, and the human heart.~Learning To See, an essay from Luminous Landscape

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6 responses

  1. Agreed! A bad mobile phone camera photo do can tell a story!

    February 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    • Junsjazz

      So does the most crappy point and shoot camera. I’m of the belief that it doesn’t matter what kind of camera we use, but it does matter how creative we are in using them to come up with the most compelling and artistic images to effectively tell our story. Thanks João Silva!

      February 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm

  2. I agree. I have been using computers since 1985 (first one the Amiga 1000) when the technology was in its infancy. It taught me how to create with certain limitations (hi-resolution, sophisicated tools etc) and force me to lean on my painting and drawing background to mentally create. I always wanted my images to have a lo-fi feel to them. Even now, I have had no formal training in photography or film (the original source of my digital art). They are just the means to get to the real creative process for me via the computer.

    February 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    • Junsjazz

      I don’t know how you do it Walter but you come up with the most awesome visuals whether photography based or not. So whatever medium, or whatever camera, an image created from eye, heart and mind, for me, will always have an appreciative audience. Thanks Walter for sharing your art! Regards!

      February 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm

  3. lensandpensbysally

    Thanks for the perfect quote: I believe strongly that it’s never the equipment; it’s about the vision of the person’s individual lens–the inner visual landscape that becomes translated into the composition and framing of the photograph.

    February 19, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    • Junsjazz

      Right you are Sally! Though a good photograph is a combination of technique, creativity, inspiration and style, its the vision that makes them all work together. Thanks!

      February 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm

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