Proof That Your Camera Doesn’t Matter

The capable but decidedly dated Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7K 7.2MP Digital Camera; to some a relic, but for Robert, all he needs to create artistic greatness.
The capable but decidedly dated Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7K 7.2MP Digital Camera; to some a relic, but for Robert, all he needs to create artistic greatness.

Lots of people spend lots of time worrying about cameras. I have news for them: your camera doesn’t matter. Over the years this has been repeatedly iterated in blogs and on camera mogul’s web sites, yet people are still suckered into the festival of consumerism surrounding digital cameras.

The truth is, though, that much of the time, I make some of my most inspired images with some of my least expensive hardware, just because I am tired of carrying the big, heavy pro gear and just want to have fun and create something I feel is artistic. I cite as one example my Minolta DiMage 7i, a camera that dates back nearly a decade, with which I am still able to create images that move me.

But I did use the word “proof” in the title, so here it is. My friend Robert Stinson is going through one of the most spectacular photographic renaissances of his life, and the images he is making are nothing short of inspired. The thing is, all of his digital SLR cameras have bit the dust for one reason or the other, and he is making these amazing images with a point-and-shoot, the Panasonic DMC-LZ7. Check it out if you still won’t take my word for it: his web site is imageer.net.

I made this image of an art deco lamp in a local bank lobby with a camera that dates back to 2003. It wasn't the lens or the camera that made this image work for me. It's the composition, light, color, and content, none of which are the result of using an expensive camera.
I made this image of an art deco lamp in a local bank lobby with a camera that dates back to 2003. It wasn't the lens or the camera that made this image work for me. It's the composition, light, color, and content, none of which are the result of using an expensive camera.
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2 Comments

  1. The phrase “the camera doesn’t matter” is a little too definitive and final for my tastes. Perhaps you haven’t used cameras as crappy as some of the ones I used to have. 🙂

    I’ll stipulate that “great images can be made with any camera”, but there are certain things that only certain cameras can do.

    (Things I can do with my current camera that I couldn’t with my last camera: bulb setting for very long exposures, shoot in RAW, define custom white balances, shoot faster than 1/2000, shoot handheld in near darkness because of ISO3200 and the ability to attach fast primes, etc.)

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  2. Thank you for your kind words Richard. Like inspires like.
    I’m just dipping my cup in the river in which you swim.

    Thank you for your imagery and friendship.

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