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The Best Camera

Its quite often that I get told a particular line which kind of bugs me quite a bit. Almost always whenever I am in a conversation with somebody regarding photography the person invariably ends up saying that photography is something that he or she is passionate about and some even go on to say that not only they are passionate but are also quite good at it. Now, being the photography buff that I am I more often than not ask to be shown some of their work. Its exactly after I ask this the person generally says he or she in spite of being so passionate about photography generally does’t indulge in much photography because he or she doesn’t have a good enough DSLR. This is exactly where I don’t agree with them.

Shot with Nokia Lumia 625 and Hipstamatic Oggl.
I believe in the age old saying that the best camera is the one that you have in your hand. No matter how many full frame DSLRs that you might be having in your home they are of no use unless and until you are having them on person. Going by this logic even the most basic digital camera can be an equally good tool for photography. With the advent of the digital age in photography cameras have become the one of the most widely carried items. Almost every mobile phone today comes equipped with a decent enough camera with capabilities which if creatively used can yield more than decent results. Combine that with the plethora of photo editing and sharing apps  like Instagram, Hipstamatic, Photoshop Express etc. photography has become easier and cheaper than ever before.

Shot with Panasonic Lumix FH 22 point & shoot camera.

What I mean to say is that you don’t always need the best tech in the market to pursue your passion for photography. Lets draw an analogy. Say, for instance a boy is very passionate about football and wants to pursue his dream of being a world class footballer one day. In order to turn his dream into reality its more important that the boy goes out and hits the ground running everyday wearing whatever brand of football boots he can lay his hands on than waiting for when he will be able to buy the latest model of football spikes from Nike or Adidas. Similarly with photography if one is passionate and wants to achieve a photographic goal its more important that one actually photographs with whatever resource one has rather than waiting to buy the latest DSLR from Canon or Nikon or whatever fancy brand one can think of. If you are having a smartphone go out and start shooting or may be if you are having a digital point and shoot then also go out and start shooting. With a bit of practice and creativity you will be more than surprised when you see the quality of results that you get.

Moral of the story – its you who shoots the photograph at the end of the day not your camera. Your camera is just a tool and just like any other tool it comes in various versions with different capabilities but all cameras have one capability in common and that is to provide more than decent photographs when used judiciously and creatively.



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Its December, 1975 and the setting is in one of Eastman Kodak’s laboratories. A young tense faced electrical engineering post-graduate presses a button on an 8 pound machine that is going to change how the world views photographs forever. 23 seconds later an image appears on an adjacent television screen and there by marking the dawn of a new era of photography — the era of digital photography. The young Eastman Kodak engineer has just revolutionized the whole process of making or shooting a photograph.

Meet Steve Sasson, the creator of the first digital camera. Born on the 4th of July, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York, Sasson graduated with Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1972 and then went on to complete his Masters from the same institution. Following his masters he took up a job with Eastman Kodak. In 1974 his supervisor, George Lloyd assigned him the project of creating a digital camera which culminated in the invention of the world’s first digital camera in 1975.

first digital camera
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The camera weighed more than three and a half kilograms. Powered by 16 nickel cadmium batteries it shot images at a resolution of 0.01 megapixels and recorded the images on to a cassette tape. Sasson persuaded his lab assistant to pose for the first photograph. It took him 23 seconds to shoot the photo and then a further waiting period of 23 seconds ensued before the image appeared on the television screen connected to the camera.

In the years to come many more companies would come out with digital cameras which besides having insane specs would also be so much cost-effective that photography would transform itself into a hobby for the masses instead of just being something exclusive to the rich and royal.

Steve Sasson is till date an Eastman Kodak employee and works to protect the intellectual property rights of the company these days. He was also awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to scientists, engineers, and inventors on 17th November 2010 by U.S. President Barack Obama.