When I started my journey this year I thought getting a better camera would make me a better photographer… I never imagined what I could learn along the way, I wanted to recreate images that I had seen other people take so assumed I needed to know what camera they used what lens they had, what their shutter sped, ISO and aperture were and with the right ingredients I too could achieve that amazing image.
What is the best camera ever?
It could be a stated of the art full frame camera with an “L” series lens, it could be a crop DSLR, a mirrorless camera, a point in shoot or simply your phone. If you have left the camera at home, if you forget your memory device, have not changed your battery etc – then you miss the moment and you can never recreate it … so my conclusion is that the best camera really is the one you have with you at the moment.
Having the latest camera with the latest lens does not mean anything if you never utilise its ability… if you just rely on the camera to take the photo for you… if you are terrible at composition, you can not see the light miss the moment cause you do not know who to capture that moment correctly. You can study other photographers, you can try and work out the story that they want to share through their images but by looking at the image you do not know what camera they used to capture that image unless they choose to tell you.
There is a great article here … what kind of camera and I agree it is a great opening question, and I now love to talk to other photographers – it works well as an ice breaker… but it does not define my photos …
This photo is terribly, it is grainy, the ISO to too high, the detail is lost – but it was the only way I could share this moment. I would have loved to have a better camera with me … I didn’t yet I was still able to capture the evening light….
So my conclusion is
The best camera ever is the camera you have with you at that moment to capture that second in time.