Many of my best pictures are been taken with my previous camera; one on the cheapest end of the Nikon DSLR range – which has already been outdated by at least five models. The new camera is a whole new world in quality and light sensitivity - a full-frame, but when I first started with it I really struggled! For a very long time, I had the impression I completely lost every single skill that took me so much time to acquire. I wanted to go back to my little cheap camera. Now I slowly learned how to handle it, the photographs are now and then back to the usual level.
The camera doesn’t play such an important role as people may think. Some photographers (being professional or “just” passionate amateurs as I am) would love to be finally taken seriously. The real medium is the passion and devotion you have, not the gear you are using! Please don’t ask me to take a nice picture with my camera because it has a higher resolution if I find myself explaining you after two minutes how to take a better picture with your phone. Of course, I will do it gladly, taking nice pictures for other people is something I like, but please, give me some credits more than the gear I own.
I am not a big fan of phone photography, it simply doesn’t fit my style and the way I approach photography, but there are some photographers who make incredible pictures with it. They put thoughts in it: how to compose the image, how to let the light create it, where to put the subject, when it’s the right moment to shoot, etc. Maybe this takes some minutes, maybe few seconds, but for sure it takes some thoughts and the active use of learned skills.
I spent so much time and [too much] money on books, magazines, tutorials, forums and blogs, trying to get a grasp of how photography works. I spent as much time trying to figure out my style and my “why”. It didn’t simply took a good camera. Yes, it can help, and it shows you how devoted you are as well. My camera, together with the best lens I have, weights around 1.5 kg and has a considerable size. Travelling with it is hard, you mostly have to make a choice between bringing your camera or travelling light and easy. But have you ever tried to walk around with a heavy camera for 15 days in a row? Your hands, shoulders and back will hurt, you will always have to bring along a big backpack or a bag (and not all the camera bag usually look as good as a nice woman handbag does), that of course will claim all of your attention and care when traveling. In my opinion, this shows the passion and devotion one has. I am putting a lot of effort in what I am doing; what I love and what makes me happy. It’s what I mostly spend time with, reading, experimenting, and doing whatever comes into my mind, so...
I don’t have many followers on Facebook or Instagram, and I don’t care, I am doing it for myself and for feeding my passion and curiosity. I don’t claim to be good, and I am not begging your approval or praise for my photography, but do you think I am allowed to ask for a little more respect for it?