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.
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.
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.