I am witnessing how the addiction towards gadgets change through time….Walkmans, CD Players, MP3 Players, iPhones and now SLR Cameras.
Being active on the Social media has its own merits and de-merits. Especially, when I get to see hundreds of messages asking the very same question “Can you suggest me a Good Camera under INR 25000?” and the next one obviously is “Will this camera shoot just like yours? And I would always answer YES, because I don’t want to extend a conversation in which the person is neither going to understand or listen to.
Well, now I am actually answering it here… the best camera for someone to shoot is the one that they can afford. Camera is just a tool; it depends on the capability of the person owning it, just as like buying a car won’t make you an F1 Racer. I usually end up giving a few suggestions on the Point and Shoot cameras which can be used for a learning purpose. Further to add on, I would say about the ones with better compatibility/control and better optics than the basic SLR. But no they don’t want to listen. After the whole conversation is done, they end up buying a basic Canon or Nikon camera based on an XYZ Photography page on the next day.
“Great photographs are not made by great cameras; but by great photographers.”
With extreme passion and dedication one can bring out great photographs even with a mobile phone. Yes, I do own World’s finest equipment worth thousands of dollars, but I don’t carry them around all the time. I would rather prefer a Small P&S camera which fits into my Jeans. And you can hardly find any difference between the one shot with a P&S and my high-end equipment. Because it is always skill and experience with what you have that matters and not the tool. I started as a teen ager and now with over 1 1/2 decade of experience in this field, I would absolutely be delighted if people start understanding the basics and composition through books/journals and experimenting themselves rather than buying a SLR camera.