Monday, October 10, 2005
It's not just the camera
I get a lot of questions from people asking about my camera. This leads me to believe that people assume the camera just produces these nice photos by itself. The camera is only a fraction of the photography process. First of all, it's what you do with the camera. There is the composition, then there is the white-blance decision, and focusing, etc. Even with auto-focus, I need to make sure that the camera is focusing where I want it to. I consider the file I get from the camera to be like raw material for the final photo. I take 90 percent of my photos into Photoshop and tweak the cropping, contrast, color, etc., before publishing. The photo you end up seeing is the product of an extended creative process. It's not just the camera.