Showing posts with label camera industry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label camera industry. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

"It's the Nut Behind The Butt"

Photographs are effective if other people respond to them. Period. The iconic photo by Eddie Adams, of a Vietnamese prisoner being executed, is a case in point of a negative response.

Technically the photo was a little blurry, but it still stands as one of the most memorable of that very photographed war. It catapulted Eddie Adams career as the consummate pro. At the same time, it probably would never be accepted by my Stock Photo Agency as professional quality. Blurry. "Poorly defined"

Cameras are a lot like Golf clubs and Tennis rackets. You must learn the game and practice, otherwise, the results will be pedestrian and technically correct snapshots. People will continue to lust after more, more features, especially more megapixels. Teenagers in particular are more versed in iPod features than History. Wrong. We need to produce pictures that others care about. Sharing is the objective of most of photography.

As an Army friend once told me regarding rifle specifications, "it is the Nut behind the {rifle} butt." The meaning is, it is the skill and knowledge of the operator that counts, not the instrument.

The Photo below was taken in the wonderful town of Ravello, on the Amalfi Coast of Italy. The endearing Siamese Cat knew to get positioned perfectly for lunch morsels. Don't you just melt at those blue eyes? I shot straight down to take advantage of the Tile background against the white fur. The camera? A defunct 2.0 megapixel Minolta shirt pocket camera. How much better would the latest 20+ MB DSLR performed? Aside: I HAD the Shirt Pocket camera with me and AVAILABLE to shoot.


We need to lust after the camera features that people should care about: larger sensors, intuitive controls, low shutter lag, low light performance, manual control, quick shooting capability, low noise, not megapixels. In other words make digital more like film.

Still, "It's the Nut Behind The Butt."

Click here to see more from the Italy gallery of the Amalfi Coast.