May 7th, 2006

Ceci n'est pas une personne.

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I see this over and over on the the various photo communities, where someone has taken some great photos, and someone invariably says/asks, "Great photos! What camera did you use?"

The camera does not compose the frame or push the shutter. What people are saying when they ask that is, "it must be the camera that makes the good photo, not the photographer." The fact of the matter is, it is the photographer. They could frame good shots with a disposable, and still have people oohing and awing.The picture might not be as sharp, but it will still be good.

Take for example how excited people get over Holga pictures. It's POS camera with fixed plasic lens that is fuzzy and vinget's majorly, and have light leaks inthe body. But if the photographer knows how to work with those issues, they will get great results.

As Chuck Yeager said, "it's not the plane, it's the pilot." Same applies to cameras.