What is a REAL Camera?

What is a REAL Camera?

Need a real camera? Well, what does that mean?

Two people are talking, an author and a photographer. The Author says to the Photographer, “I’ve seen your work. You must have a great camera.” The Photographer responds, “I’ve read your books. You must have a great typewriter.”

Odds are, something like this really has happened over time. It does get the point across. Many professions require a specialized set of tools to achieve the best. However it’s not to say that a skilled professional could not deliver an above average performance, even using common tools.

Today’s cell phones, point & shoots, and even GoPros or drones, take good pictures. Or, they can. It really depends on the person wielding the tool. And if the tool’s that much more capable in and of itself, well, perhaps the Sky is the limit.

Consider the following two images:

The top is a conventional point & shoot, taken by the agent, while I took the second using a DSLR. The key differences? Composition, alignment (verticals are vertical), and knowing how to use a flash off-camera to avoid flatness.  While there are some more details to consider, even with the point & shoot, knowing how to wield it could have resulted in a much better shot.

Consider the next image:

Torben Photography

Resolution notwithstanding, most would be very happy with the bridge picture. In this case, a 5 year-old point & shoot.

Or, this iPhone 5S image:

Good pictures? It’s in the eye of the beholder, you. But hopefully, with images made from 4 different cameras with wildly different technical specifications, the latter 3 by the same photographer, you can see: It’s not whether you have a real camera. It’s what you can do with it when the moment arrives.

It’s not whether you have a real camera. It’s what you can do with it when the moment arrives.

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