The title of this post is a line that photographers hate to hear when people comment on their images. I hear this one a lot at my art shows. Due to the digital and photoshop age, people tend to think great images are produced by great equipment, when in fact low-end camera equipment can produce good quality images in the hands a of competent photographer. The opposite is true as well: top of the line equipment can easily shoot bad images by a careless photographer.
I ran across a video on fstoppers.com called, “The iPhone Fashion Shoot By Lee Morris”. Lee proves that a good photographer can produce good image even with a camera phone.
He attaches his camera phone to a tripod with velcro, sets up some lighting, and does a model shoot to prove his point: that it’s not all about the equipment.
Here is a quote from Lee Morris:
“A few weeks ago I did a full fashion photo shoot with my iPhone 3gs. I posted a few of the images and asked people to critique them (never exposing that they were shot on my cell phone). I couldn’t help but laugh when a few of our readers claimed that these were “the best images I had ever taken.” Nobody ever claimed that they were too grainy, too soft, or lacked detail”.
If you can do this well with a camera phone, just think how good your images will look with a entry level digital SLR!
Most importantly, get out and shoot. Your images will improve, no matter what your equipment.
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