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Mon Jan 28, 2008, 10:44 AM
If you think you can only take great and high-quality photos when owning a very expensive camera (e.g. manufactured by Nikon or Canon), you'd better think twice. Read this thought-provoking article by Ken Rockwell who claims that Your Camera Does Not Matter. Excerpt:

Just about any camera, regardless of how good or bad it is, can be used to create outstanding photographs for magazine covers, winning photo contests and hanging in art galleries. The quality of a lens or camera has almost nothing do with the quality of images it can be used to produce.

Your equipment DOES NOT affect the quality of your image. The less time and effort you spend worrying about your equipment the more time and effort you can spend creating great images. The right equipment just makes it easier, faster or more convenient for you to get the results you need.

Here's a great article about how to capture flower portraits, written by Winston D. Munnings and published in the JPG Magazine last month: Get Upclose & Personal Shooting Portraits of Flowers. Excerpt:

Before I shoot a Portrait of a Flower, like a predator, I go hunting for my prey ... for that elusive flower in someone's garden, on the side of the street or at a public location like that of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden here in Miami, Florida. However, I am not looking for just any flower. I am looking for a flower that has a very special feature. I am looking for a flower that has A Face. That's right, a flower with a face.

And finally, a useful article by Andre Gunther about how to rescue, or at least get the best out of your not-so-well-exposed shots: RAW HDR Processing in Photomatix. Excerpt:

Every travel photographer knows the scenario. While most photographers advise not to shoot during the harsh light of the day, we often have little choice. Often I find myself at a place and I know I will have to move on, either because I have a travel schedule or because I am on a weekend trip and have to get back to my daily routine. Believe me, if I could afford it, I would follow the good advice and spent a lot of time on each location waiting for perfect conditions to make my photos shine.

Hope you enjoy,

Keld

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DevilDiver Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008   Photographer
Ken Rockwell was spot on.
Cameras make little difference. It's the artist's eye that matters.
If you are a new photographer there is no substitute for practicing, or playing with the camera. Experiment, try new things. I started with an ancient Argus camera, really old twin lens. You learn aperture and exposure. Digital has made that almost too easy today. Don't forget the basic lessons, even when a camera can 'think' for you!
Thanks for this article Keld!
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
You're welcome. Glad you liked it :)
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hellfirediva Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Professional Photographer
Its not the camera , its the photographer :giggle:
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jayshree Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
i've always thought that. i mean, i see some photographers with awesome cameras and their pics suck! but people with normal 100 or 200 dollar cameras have great pics. i think it depends on the person. thanks for confirming that for me. i mean, that doesn't mean i dont want an awesome camera one day, but i do the best with what i have.
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
Exactly. I have a friend who owns three of the most expensive Nikons + a host of quality lenses, but he has never taken a really good shot.

The only reason I would want to buy a better camera, is because I need some kind a stabilizer for my macro shots. But for now my flash compensates for that :)
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jayshree Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
i just need a better camera. i just bought one on ebay. i have no clue what it is or anything about it, but i'm gonna check it out when i get home. it arrived today. :)
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
Oh, congrats. I'm looking forward to see what you can produce with that new thing. Hope it's a good one :)
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jayshree Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
me too. we'll c
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