My Father in Law gives me his EOS magazine everytime I get to see him and not being too prejudiced by my one-eyed Nikon affinity I duly read it, cover to cover...hmmmm technology...hmmmm. Apparently we need, nay demand an exponential curve of technological advancement to obtain better images...hmmmm. Alright I don't read every magazine on the high street or online but I get through a fair amount and you could drown in the volume of articles on this menu item, that sensor resolution, this processor speed, buffer rates.... now being someone who has had the real pleasure of taking groups of photographers out for photo sessions and talked to photographic clubs I do understand that there is a need to buy the latest, to hold the shiny precious...and the reverse of this is that I had to reassure one photographer who was coming to a meet that it dosn't matter if everyone else has 'Bigger' cameras...and it dosn't and I'll tell you why.
I get asked, have been asked, have told people how I capture images, my talks are always run through Lightroom so anyone who wants the 'tech' behind the image can see in front of them how it was captured, ISO, f stop, shutter speed...it's all there..the technological background..the camera model, the focal length....hardware , software..technology and there you have it, once you press the shutter release you will end up with magnificent imagery......
Now the question I'm never asked is 'What was your thinking behind this series of images...' thinking, yes that non technological super computer that we all have access to and allows us to think, think about what to shoot, how to capture, how to manipulate, how to present... thinking.
Now mastering the technology is the first thing any photographer should do, don't over specify your equipment, don't try and learn Photoshop in a week, never despair that your intial images are not up to Magnum standards..but once mastered and it may be simply that you shoot high res RAW files at 200iso in aperture priority..for ever...the most important thing from there onwards is to think about what you are shooting and maybe why you are shooting it... the best bit of technology any photographer has is that thing between your ears, a masterpiece of technological advancement and the best bit of kit in your camera bag
Can I drw your attention to some of my latest imagery which are the product of having time on my hands, oh this jet set life style I have at the moment, sitting around in airport louges, sitting on jets, sitting looking out to sea...sitting about thinking about what images I want to create.
What's all this then????
An unyeilding torrent of Photo babbel full of unconfirmed facts and manufactured photo drivel.. take from it what you like, it won't change the world but may leave you feeling nauseous...