Interesting times these for anyone interested in photography. It seems there is a new, better camera coming out every day. More people than ever are into photography both as snapshot (to the nth power) coming from our phones and as serious photography coming from everything else. Good digital cameras are plentiful and popular and people are snapping away at an amazing rate.
Lately several photographers I follow are going nuts for the new Fujifilm x100s rangefinder camera. Tiny compared to a high quality DSLR but with fantastic results apparently. In several forums I'm hearing opinions from people who prefer these smaller cameras, which have great quality, to their big, heavy and obvious DSLR brethren. At the same time we have the 36 megapixel D800 from Nikon which everyone agrees takes amazing pictures and will push Canon to respond in kind.
I heard a podcast from Brooks Jennings
pointing out that we photographers have always been dependent on technology and indeed companies manufacturing our toys to help us do our craft. It's so true whether it be the "new" technology of electronics, software and sensors or the old school technology of optics and getting more light to more accurately hit this new sensor, we need it all.
I was interested to see Sephi Bergerson
talk about his recent trip to Africa. Such a trip remains a dream for me though one I plan to make good on. Sephi went to shoot a wedding and stayed for a visit. He decided to shoot his African images (one is embedded below) with his iPhone (forgive my editorializing) to better capture the magic.
Sephi is spot on. It's the magic that counts. Whether that magic comes from the sharpness of Martin Bailey's
wildlife photographs or the spontaneity embedded in Zach Arias's
recent portrait of his son and dog, it's the magic that matters. In a recent TWiP episode on mirrorless cameras responding to the question of which is the best camera, Doug Kaye
(I think it was Doug) said that it was the camera that freed you to be your most creative. If Sephi's magic is captured in these iPhone images then it only serves to remind me that technology is merely a tool to convey the story.
The story; that's where the magic is.