It’s weird how, at least on the web, one can’t really see the advantage of spending a billion dollars on a camera, or a lens or lights or models. Ok so models and lights I can see and a decent lens is important but before I spend a lot more money on equipment it should seem pretty apparent that it will open up new realms over expression. I remember when I bought my DSLR. I almost felt overwhelmed.
It’s been a year and I’ve taken ten of thousands of pictures however I don’t think the change really improved the quality of my photographs but then what’s quality. I personally don’t want to take photographs that are anything close to what I might see in a magazine.
I’ve had occasion to talk to some photographers and I’ve been to some stores and talked to the counter people and these people struck me as some of the most uncreative individuals I’ve met. It seemed like all they wanted to do was bludgeon you over the head with their tenuous grasp of some imaginary sense of quality. Its like they are the tools of the technology and not the other way around.
But then why take a photograph? Why spend the time? Most photographers seem to be like scrapbookers. They spend huge amounts of time(and money) making objects that no one will see. Who wants to see another sunset or aunt Jill’s page full of stickers. I’ve ended up in the mental hospital a few times and while art therapy can help one pass the time it doesn’t seem to lead anywhere.
This issue is much bigger and amorphous than I supposed. I’ll continue later.