As spring approaches, I’m thinking more and more about photography. What I am not thinking about though is buying a new camera – I’m quite happy with my 1989 Pentax 67. Instead of spending my savings on the new Canon Mark III, I’m buying camping gear and planning trips to Northern Minnesota.
I realized quite early on that no matter the camera I used, my pictures always looked like I had taken them. It was originally the images of Galen Rowell that inspired me to learn how to control light through filters. But even with the original Velvia 50 and a Singh-Ray Galen Rowell GND filter, my pictures didn’t look anything like Galven Rowell’s – they looked like Adam Johnson’s. After this realization, I never again became too hung up on needing more equipment to take better pictures.
I’m not making an argument about film vs digital. I’m just saying that no matter the camera, you’re pictures will always look like you are the one who took them. A camera does not make a photographer. I shoot with a Pentax 6×7 because the prints look just brilliant at 20×24 and beyond, but they are still essentially the same images I capture with the 12MP Canon Point n’ Shoot I purchased in 2010 for $249.00.