In the last blog I talked about how we photographers view our camera equipment. This week I would like to talk about how the general public views our equipment. How many times have you showed someone an image that you took, and they said "wow, what a nice photo. You must have a really nice camera." WHAT!!!! Isn't it funny how photographers are never praised for their skills in photography. When a mechanic fixes a car they are not asked about what kind of tools they have. Artist are never told they must have had great brushes, and paints to have made that art, but us photographers always have to hear "what kind of camera did you use". I am here to set the story correct. A good photographer can take an outstanding picture with the simplist camera imaginable. We have trained our eyes to see things differently, and we also know how to compose, and what makes a good image. For me as a photographer, I get the most joy out of making images using the simplist equipment. I am beginning to look at this "what kind of camera" statement differently. Now when I hear this it makes me chuckle, knowing that I must be learning the art of photography. So remember the next time you get a good tasting meal to compliment the chef on the pots, and pans.
What I am going to talk about today is what the camera manufactures do not want you to hear. Most every photographer believes that if they just had better, and newer equipment that this would make them become a better photographer, and their pictures would look so much nicer. THAT IS SO FAR FROM THE TRUTH!! New equipment might make certain task easier, but it won't help you to become a better photographer. If you don't believe me rent the camera gear that you are thinking of buying, and see if it instantly makes you a better photographer.. I had to learn this lesson also.. We all feel this way!! Take the money that you would have spent on a new camera, and put it towards your education of photography. Learn more about composition, exposure, and post processing. Now this WILL make you a better photographer, and bring you more work, and more money so you can buy nicer equipment down the road.. Besides, customers don't care what gear you have, they just want good pictures. Now get out there with the gear that you already own, and become a better photographer.
I use this blog to what I hope inspires photographers to go out and make better images.. Sometimes we learn by watching others, and what they have done.. I am always looking for different videos that show new techniques, and new perspectives at looking at things. With the birth of cameras such as the Go-Pro's and other small cameras we are getting to see subjects like we have never been able to see before. These are great cameras, and the quality is so good, and getting better. These are the cameras that I am using on the RC aircraft that I am building. I came upon this video, and was floored by the story that this film projects. These are WILD animals, and this gentleman has become the Lion Whisper. Who would think we would be able to ride from a camera on the back of a wild lion. I hope you enjoy this video. http://youtu.be/MNCzSfv4hX8 This is also another video showing the power of these small cameras. http://youtu.be/fVcV9ItdZ8w
For most of my life I have had 2-passions that has stuck with me to this day!!! Other hobbies has come, and gone, but these two passions has stayed by side for as long as I can remember. The first passion of course is photography. I enjoy it so much. It lets me be creative, and I get to look at things in a different way. The second passion is flying radio controlled aircraft. This passion has taught me how to think like an engineer. I generally get an idea, and build it to see if I can get it to work.
I believe 2014 is going to be an exciting year here at Scott Maze Photography. I am combining my 2 passions. Photography on an RC aircraft. Now I will be able to see subjects from a totally new perspective, and hope to share it here with all of you. I am in the process of building what is needed to do this. I hope in the future I can have workshops, and webinars on teaching photographers the art of RC aerial photography, and construction. Stay tuned, and get ready for takeoff!!