Artist vs. Technician

The first thing people look for when starting photography is equipment. Not worrying about the knowledge you need when you actually get a camera. We want the top notch cameras or the top notch lenses, not caring about which one will actually produce. Its saddens me to see that its still often a issue for photographers even after they have been shooting for years. Nothing against equipment, its definitely needed in the process of enhancement and progression, but lets try not to forget what is really important. People that inquired about booking a shoot with us never asked what kind of camera we shoot with. Instead they were more interested in the final results. I am definitely not saying to show up at a wedding with 3 iPhones and a spider tripod. I am simply saying to get what you need for what you are trying to achieve.  First reaction most people have when hearing that I shoot mostly with a 5d mark iii is, "Oh so its pretty much impossible for you to take a bad shot". Definitely a statement that would never come from someone who knows what they are doing. When I started as a photographer I shot all my images with a T3i. Huge difference but very satisfying results from both cameras. Of coarse the T3i wasn't full frame, and I also wasn't shooting with any L series lenses which I shoot with now, but for what its worth I captured very pleasing images. Going into my second year of photography I have seen many photographers on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, etc. make tutorials, editorials, or post photos taken with a 5d mark ii or iii. Some of which were amazing, but then there were those that made you wonder whether or not they actually took the time to learn the craft of photography. The confusion is between being an artist or a technician. Would you rather be an artist knowing how to create images while maintaining great quality? On the other hand theres a technician who can take decent sharp photos with great exposures, but snaps basic photos with no creativity. Key point is to constantly pound your craft and creativity. Never let equipment take full responsibility for great photos.

Gavin WardComment