Myths of photography.

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I wanted to call this post why the latest and greatest high resolution full frame camera with all those extra pixels and million frames per second won’t make your photo’s any better.  But it just doesn’t roll off the tongue so easy and it seems a bit too long to be a snappy title.  So instead I have called it myths of photography because it is a myth that the manufacturers love to slide under our noses regularly so we go out and buy the latest camera or lens or whatever.

wpid1169-briancooneyfilm059.jpgSo why won’t it then I hear you ask?  In my opinion its because cameras do not take the picture it is the operator, the human, us the people that make photographs, not the camera.  When we are moved enough to press that shutter release, when we see meaning in a subject that speaks to us, and when we occasionally manage to make it transfer from the scene in front of us to the sensor or film or whatever, then it doesn’t matter whether we are using the best camera that money can buy or a shoe box with a home made lens and a piece of light sensitive paper inside.

what other myths about photography there are floating around there, things like “the camera never lies” …..

About briancooney123

HOW I GOT HERE Of course, I wasn’t always a full time photographer. I spent a lot of time in the corporate world. I had a job which paid well, but just didn’t excite me. I remember the day when I had had enough. Enough of selling myself short, enough of dreaming too small, enough of doing what others expected of me. I had put away my dreams and told myself I would get back to them later, but somehow there always seemed to be something else that had to get done first. A friend of mine had recommended I take the NLP Business Practitioners course, and although I was really busy, I decided to do it. During that time, I began to imagine the different paths my life could take from here. While I had a hazy picture of what this other life might look like, I had a clear picture of where my current life was going if I didn’t change. It was a scary moment, a bit like standing on the edge of a cliff deciding whether to jump into the great unknown or stay on the cliff, safe but trapped. I jumped. The transition to the life I wanted was challenging The transition to the life I wanted was challenging but I would never go back. After that day I resolved to do what I love, to follow my bliss.  Picking up a camera after several years away, I found that many things had changed, the digital age had arrived. In the intervening years, I was too busy to pay any attention to my photography, and occasionally when I took something I really liked, I would think “how do some photographs seem so captivating and others leave me completely cold?” I knew this is what I was meant to do Somehow though, I knew this is what I was meant to do. I dedicated myself to learning everything I could about being a photographer. I took many, many courses and I read every book I could get my hands on, I still do. Since then, I have dedicated myself to helping other creative photographers achieve the results they want. And what a journey it has been. Last year I qualified as a coach. My main area of interest is creativity and helping others to express their vision. WHAT I BELIEVE Along the way, I’ve learnt that there are no rules. Experiment, explore, play. My advice is to make your art from your heart, not for the praise or the money.  Lighten up. It’s important to take your photography seriously, but it's a mistake to take yourself too seriously. Finally, you get what you want when you never, ever give up so enjoy every minute of it and just do it!
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25 Responses to Myths of photography.

  1. Know-All says:

    I agree with what you say….the camera wont take the photograph…but it helps to have a good camera 🙂

  2. Angelyn says:

    “In my opinion its because cameras do not take the picture it is the operator, the human, us the people that make photographs, not the camera.”
    I just wanted to say that you not only have that remarkable artistic touch with photography, but you also have it with your blog! It’s informational, thought-provoking, and interesting, all while being a wonderful piece of art! Keep up the great work 🙂

  3. Cheryl says:

    I’m watching, reading and learning, Brian, snappy titles or no!

  4. Jane Lurie says:

    Saying, “your camera takes a great photo” is like telling a novelist, “your typewriter writes a good book”. Love that comparison!

  5. Huffygirl says:

    I like Jane’s analogy above. I like to think that my husband and I have taken some amazing photos with our old digital P and S. Composition is truly the main ingredient in a good photo.

  6. Great thoughts, Brian, and that top photo is perhaps the best thing I’ve seen of your work yet (and that’s saying a lot!).

  7. zamdezign9 says:

    Compositionally, I would agree, that no matter what camera you have, it won’t fix a bad composition. However, higher technical abilities of cameras open up a creative photographers ability to capture these moments in a wider variety of situations (i.e. lower lighting, moving subjects). I would agree that composition should come first, and then you expand your shooting capabilities with better equipment.

    • Hey Zach thank you for your comment. The point I am trying to make is that the best camera is the one you have with you and you do not need to buy the latest and greatest high spec, high frame rate model that just arrived. I say this as much to myself as anybody else!

  8. aj vosse says:

    That top photo is special…taken by a man that knows what he sees when he’s looking!!
    I’m a tad curious though, it surely wasn’t taken with an Instamatic… 😉

  9. abha says:

    A very descriptive picture, lovely!

  10. Inge says:

    So true!
    I’ve seen some pictures of friends of mine that is not in appropriate with their well known brand lens.
    It is about a man behind the gun. 🙂

  11. The chamomiles are awsome!

  12. cjmillar9 says:

    Love your thinking on photography and your images are awesome!Easy to relate to as I’m from Northern Ireland, I hope to do work like yours soon.

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