Tips From a Professional

A blog addressing the way architecture, design and the built environment presents itself to the camera and the way photography becomes the primary vehicle to access places and buildings that may bebeyond reach. I hope it will help photographers reach beyond their technical skill set to become better artists, writers, and thinkers.

Your Camera

To start off my tips series in this blog, I want to talk about cameras and your relationship to gear. Your camera is where it all begins and ends, but it is can be a difficult, expensive territory to navigate. There are so many high performance, excellent cameras on the market now it is hard to find a bad one but it might be hard to find one that works for you. In the end, you just have to like your camera, or love it. That is the most important thing. Further down the road, when you have an audience and manage to produce work that lasts, and work that people want to look at again and again, the last thing they will know or want to know is what kind of camera you used and how much it costs.

If you find yourself getting into heated conversations about how Canon, Nikon, Sony, or Leica are superior or inferior to everything else, this is a sign that you have gone off the deep end and have become a marketing agent for a camera corporation as a volunteer. You are working for a camera company without getting paid and it’s time to get back to what matters - your work, critique of your work, developing your work, finding the thread to stronger images.

There was a time, not so long ago (the first half of 2018 and everything before that) when megapixels mattered. Until last year, the pixel dimensions of your file, could create limitations on what you could do with it. A 5K file (5000 pixels on the long side) was common among professional camera bodies and a 5K file is not quite large enough for printing large images at high resolution. This was the only problem, though many people believed that megapixels were good for something else. I don’t know what it was, because a Leica image, a medium format Hasselblad file, and a Canon file and even a good cell phone picture, all look about the same on a website and are indistinguishable on Instagram.

Now, with Artificial Intelligence software at costs around $100, any file can be made larger with no loss of quality and in come cases, improved quality. This is a game changer. Nothing will be the same and who knows what it will mean in the big picture. But for now, it means forget about file size and gear and get back to what matters.

A blog about photography, art, aesthetics and conceptual issues explored in a way that I hope will help photographers reach beyond their technical skill set to become better artists, writers, and thinkers.