The camera is a tool. Granted some cameras are smarter than others, but having the best tools does not necessarily make you the best craftsman. The way you see will determine your image; you decide how your photograph will be composed and given the correct instruction, the camera obediently carries out your will.
My young man became a year older on Saturday and the two of us spent the weekend in Stockholm to celebrate! With Ryanair baggage restrictions to bear in mind I left the DSLR at home and instead took my Leica IIIa and two rolls of black and white film. Even under a heavy, grey sky Stockholm is a very colourful city. So whenever monochrome just wasn’t going to cut it, my iPhone camera came into play…
In the past I’ve blamed my camera when I didn’t get the photograph I wanted. Only once I started to photograph with the best equipment did I realise it wasn’t the camera’s fault, and so began to pay more attention to the way I translate what I see into a final photograph.
A photograph taken on an iPhone is just as valid as a photograph taken on a Leica M9, and arguably a great picture is not always the result of a great camera, but a great eye!
“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.” – Ernst Haas