If I never hear that statement again, it’ll be too soon! Not too long ago, I took some candid photos for my Company’s picnic. Nothing special, just photos of people having fun on a very nice day.
In addition to all of the food, kid’s face painting, sack races, and more food, there was a live band. I thought it would be fun to capture a few photos of the band members. Using my Canon 60D with 70-200 F4 L lens made it pretty easy. The event was held in the middle of the day, at a park with plenty of sunshine, so the F4 lens was plenty fast enough!
After it was all said and done, I emailed one of the band members copies of some of the photos, and I know he appreciated them. But along with his sincere “thanks a lot for the pictures”, came this line, “that camera really takes good pictures”.
What could I say? I was really stunned for a couple of seconds! Thoughts of saying something rude or at least a smart-ass comment came to mind, but I didn’t do it. Other than being ignorant of the craft of photography, he is a nice guy and I know he probably thought he was giving me a compliment. It was tough not to say something that I might later regret, after all, didn’t he realize that I’m an artist?! I don’t just push the button and blast away (ok, you’ve got me on that one, sometimes I do)!
In the end, once I got over all of the things I could have said, and I just said “thanks, I’m glad that you liked them”. And, my feeling weren’t really hurt, so no harm done. And, while I may consider myself a photographic artist, I’m not a snob!
I’d love to have posted a couple of photos of the band so you could see what I was talking about, but since I don’t have permission to use them this way, I’ll leave you with something else….
This is from the South Tufa State Natural Reserve at Mono Lake. I suppose that the same thing could be said about this image – “that camera really takes good pictures”.
The thing I find interesting about that statement is that the camera didn’t get up in the cold and dark, drive itself to the location and jump up on the tripod. It didn’t compose the image, or push its shutter at just the right moment to capture the fleeting seconds between beautiful golden light and flat boring light.
The camera I used for this shot was my Canon 40D. While I do like it a lot, it’s still just a tool. As I’ve mentioned before (and probably will again) it’s a nice tool with lots of features that make creating images easier, but by itself, it’s still just a hunk of plastic and metal and wires. The image is created with the eye of the artist!
It would be fun to see other opinions on this, so if you feel like leaving a comment on the subject, that would be great! Until the next time – Happy Shooting!