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Your camera and you

To a photographer, a camera is many things.

A camera is perhaps most simply a generally lightproof box with lenses, shutters, and photosensitive film, plates or sensors that allows the photographer to take photographs. A camera is also a device that enables the photographer to capture moments in time. Most importantly, a camera is one of many tools that provide the photographer with the means of creating Art. The list goes on and on...

A camera is NOT a disability.

I won’t deny that sometimes a camera will pose challenges. Perhaps your point and shoot does not have manual white balance. Perhaps your advanced compact doesn't have the largest sensor. Perhaps your dSLR can’t shoot macros because you don’t have the proper lenses. But that doesn’t mean your camera isn’t capable of taking great photos. With a little creativity and a lot of patience, even seemingly “bad” cameras can create great photos.

Many of my favorite photos including some of my own have been taken with point and shoots or advanced compacts. Below is just a small sample:

Another night by MissHayleyBee

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il pleut. by seafoodmwg

Red, Red, Rose. by zsazsa-w under_red_tree by JuliaDunin Red Summer Surprise by FurtiveLungs   
More colors by iuliana13 :thumb122671967: Music was my first love by xemotearzx
:thumb149123412: Golden Shake by euancraine buburuza ruza1 by ioana-boroda
Icy Dream by ninazdesign Cuz it's always rainin... by JeanFan The Cherry Tree by MichaelMagin
if i fall . . . by mercier TungNgay by NanFe
:thumb125199237: Chippy by TrinxI :thumb83263891:
La Distancia. by jonjacobsen :thumb59622605: :thumb79545679:
What you do to me by ruuca Liar by JeanFan

There are many many many more throughout dA.

Ultimately, no matter what your camera creates, you are the creator. So take pride in your creation.

Your camera is a friend, not a disability.
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Peaniko Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I agree completely. It's really the artist that makes the piece, not the equipment. An amazing camera can only do so much for someone who doesn't know how to use it. I know I got my hands on an SLR with a lens bigger than the camera to shoot for my school newspaper and it was so hard to work with. It took me and other newspaper photographer just to figure out how to focus the d*mn thing haha.
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smartboy9T Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
thank you for this article. i have a tz7 P&S great camera, but in my head i always have this thing bugging me " if only i had a DSLR". i really enjoy taking pictures and enjoy reading about photography.

reading this has allowed me to see things from different perspective . :)
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ninazdesign Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you so deeply much sweetie <3<3 :glomp: :hug: :bow: :heart:
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FrancesHolly Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
I featured your article in my journal here: [link]
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Bamfi Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
you're absolutely right :)
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Chris-Tedlock Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
On the other side of the coin, I hate it when people give all the credit for a great image to the camera and none to the photographer!
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BlackJack0919 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry for posting twice , but don't know why the thump don't work ^^;

[link]
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BlackJack0919 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
lol , I completely agree :XD:

But may be you should also feature this picture of Foureye : :thumb2586199: , Point and shoot camera :XD: and with 28K+ favs :XD:

as I said before , we Human always looking for That ONE thing that would make our lives complete , Greed is one basic instinct of a human being , so even when one have a Nikon D3S , he still want a Canon 5D :XD:
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pdonkeh Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
Wonderful article! When I decided to get a new camera some months ago, I ended up getting a point and shoot because I felt a DSLR would be too complicated for me. I've never been as happy with a camera as I am with the one I now have, and it's good to see recognition of the fact that a camera need not be SLR to take good pictures. I believe that as photographers, we should all strive to make the most of our cameras' capabilities, rather than believing that the only way to take a good picture is with a 'good' camera.
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greenzaku Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
I have a closeup ability on my Canon A480 that BLOWS most DSLR's macro lenses out of the water. It's all I need. :)
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KiwiKassa Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Whoo~ I also have a point and shoot camera and I love it very much. I've always wanted a macro lens but other than that I think you can make nice shots with your camera~
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OHinaO Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Student General Artist
thanks~! =)
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AshantiW Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
i use to think that way...always thought if i had a "better" cam i would get amazing photos and be this "big" photographer that everybody knew..."the bigger the better"...but then i got older and realized that its not the camera size that matters, its me who does the work(with a dlsr or smaller..im the creator, not the camera)...like ~glsolo said "the best camera is the one in your hand.", i agree 100%...
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Neuroticart Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you very very much!!!!
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evanesces Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
wondrful article!
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fadeddreamss Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Student General Artist
A photographer is just like an illustrator. If a person can draw with a cheap pencil, and do a beautiful think, and can do the same thing with the most expensive mechanic pencil in the world, then a potographer just needs patience and technique to make a good picture with any camera. I've learned that looking on dA's galleries and also on Flickr. Many people don't know there's a huge database for cameras on Flickr. You can search for a camera model and the site will give you many pictures taken by the users with that specific model. I helps a lot to choose a good camera to buy, or just to start loving your faithful compact : )
I recently changed from compact to a dslr, but I just don't think my old camera was bad. I really helped me take a lot of pictures I liked, and I'm satisfied with that. The problem is that it was presenting malfunctions due to it's age, and since I wanted to learn more of the technique e experience more with lens, filters...

I think that is the ancient photographers could bring us nice pictures with a film camera, and sometimes, almost no good condition to make the shot, still they could develop wonderful pictures, why can't we now? ^^
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Dair-to-be-me Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
I only have a point and shoot, it's a nice one with a very good lens for a point and shoot, and I've been amazed and very proud of the photos I take with it. It's disheartening to be told by some that those photos are not good enough to be included as "good" photography. I know my camera has limitations, but these snotty critics need to give merit to the art with a tad more reason, the photographer makes the photo, not the camera.
Ive learned more than I ever thought I would from my little camera, and even when I upgrade to a DSLR I will still use my old one at times for certain things.
I hate that the standard of greatness is leaning more to the capabilities of the camera and not the photographer. I, as an art connoisseur, don't like to view high quality prosaic pictures, I want to see the original, well executed, finely composed photos.
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Aeltari Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I had to smile at your title :) My digital was held together with electrical tape for a year and the memory card just got chewed by my dog ... I think mine IS a disability candidate now!
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JeanFan Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:lol:
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JenniferMZ Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
I used my mom's point and shoot for so long, but I decided to invest in a nice dslr to take better indoor shots at the barn I volunteer at. I still LOVE that point and shoot though. Point and shoot is gonna be for macro's for the moment. <3
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Kovitlac Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh this is so, so true! I shot with a couple different Canon PowerShots for three years before finally upgrading to a Rebel EOS. I love my new camera, but I'm still more familiar with the controls and layout of my old ones. In fact, most of the photos in my gallery (just not the more recent ones) were taken with my PowerShots :) I still love them.

A non-dslr camera is only a hinderance if you are not using it to your advantage. Hell, I've seen fantastic, beautiful photos come out of cheap little disposables!
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jamiluv Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
i agree with you...
:)
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WotL Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist
Thanks for the article, it is so true.

The reversal is also true. If you own the best camera you can find, but lack the creativity to capture something original, you're missing the point.
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Erinokaz Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Student Photographer
I agree too. I have a point and shoot, I hate the name of point and shoots to start with, it just sounds like a toy or something. D: It's just like "OOOOO You have a point and shoot, you must be crap." :noes: My most favourited picture on dA was actually taken with my phone. :O It has almost 200 favourites. :|
It annoys me so much when people think you have to have a kit worth thousands of pounds to take good pictures.
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Villenueve Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I disagree on your term 'disability'...you are using friend...the opposite would be enemy...a disability can't be compared with this kind of subjects,not even as a challenge.
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JeanFan Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Some portray their camera as a disability to their artistic pursuits. That's where the term "disability" comes from.
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WhiteKimahri Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
You know, this was (and is already) my thought about photography.
I have a rather old compact camera with a laughable resolution and surpassed tools, and I strive for making some good photos with it, but I give up every time I see nothing good is coming from them.
I'd really like to get a new camera.

But looking at your news, I should try to be patient and be happy with what I have. :)
Thanks a lot for sharing. :thanks:
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whitetrashXlove Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Guilty.
I'd rather have my little P&S than nothing at all.

Although, the only feature I wish it had, at the very least, was image stabilization. It has the digital one, but it makes makes everything noisy so I don't use it. I just have to take a hundred pictures of something to make sure I have at least one that is in focus. (I got shaky hands)
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MediocreTalent Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I totally agree. :3 You're an awesome eye-opener.
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crzee4art Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Agreed~!!! <3
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Amir-whisper Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I've been guilty of saying this, of blaming my camera when i shot doesn't come out quite the same way i imagined it would in my head. but i realized i hadn't played around with my camera nearly enough, i hadn't even figured out the benefits of all of it's different modes yet. Happy to say i no longer hide behind those words. :w00t!:
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Tasteofthesun Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Thank you sooo much!!!
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PhotographerGirl Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
My point and shoot is my baby.
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Forbsie Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
As I seen written before, the best camera is the one that's with you.
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okwari Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010   General Artist
I agree with this article! You can use a Holga, a simple point and shoot digital, an old Pentax K1000....anything! The art comes in the composition.
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JeanFan Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah good point about the Holga. I should've probably added some Holga shots in the article. But I guess that might be hard to do since I can't just look at the camera model/make in the deviation stats and most artists don't seem to like noting the camera they used ^^; ah well
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Emprovision Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Until late last year, I used a really cheap point-and-shoot that was falling apart. And you know what? I got some of my best shots on that camera, sometimes without even trying. I still use a point-and-shoot (this one is much better quality, though), but my first camera tought me one really important lesson: it's not about the camera, it's about who's holding it.

In other words,

"Buying a Nikon doesn't make you a photographer. It makes you a Nikon owner."
- Anonymous
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lavalampkap Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
totally agree, I also use a simple point and click. And I love it, the only complaints I have is that I can't adjust my shutter speed.
I know I can take better photos with my camera than a person with the most advanced DSLR. But I have kind of a psychological, I have a problem with shooting in public places with it.
I'm quite shy and people just stare at me when I'm in the middle of the road with a simple point and click.
And well some people take it quite offensive when your taking their picture wit a simple camera. They think you're a stalker because 'real' photographers have big cameras with tripods and all that stuff.
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whitetrashXlove Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel the exact same way.
When I'm on my own, it doesn't bother me so much, but if there are people around, I feel silly.
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JeanFan Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Personally, I still rarely adjust shutter speed. Can you adjust your aperture? If I need a faster shutter speed I normally just widen my aperture. Or raise ISO.

I have the same issue. I still dread taking self portraits outdoors even with a dSLR and lots of seemingly professional gear :lol: I think that's why it's important to bring a photography buddy to take pictures with you :XD:

But I never ever point directly at a person with my camera...it's too awkward ^^; Try shooting from the hip and be discrete about it ;P
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lavalampkap Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Nope I can only adjust my ISO. But I'm slowly beginning to hate my (read: our family's) camera. Not only bacause most of it is automatic, but also because it only has live view.
Yes the screen is big, but try taking a picture when you're with your back to the sun and it shines on the screen. :shakefish:

And well when I considered hipshots, but always when I think it would be an amzing photograph, I don't have my camera with me.
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Featherwhisper Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Yeah but mine seriously really sucks :( Whenever I see like a really great shot of something, like the shadows are blending perfectly, it always craps it up by making everything bright and shiny like it's a flat, two dimensional picture. :'(
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creative-genius Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Camera specifications are irrelevant. It's what you do with the camera is important. Henri Cartier-Bresson and co. had, what would now be considered, very basic, antiquated equipment, yet they took some of the most amazing photographs of the last century. :)
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AprilMcGuire Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010   Digital Artist
Have you been running into a lot of people who say that a camera is a disability? Because the thought is silly, to be honest; unless you have had a lot of people tell you that I guess. Anyways, nice to see some good simple camera shots!
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JeanFan Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm surprised you haven't run into any :lol:
There are even people who have commented on this news thread expressing such thoughts :XD:

But yes, I've run into my fair share of people who claim that the sole reason they are unable to take good photos is because they have a "bad" non-dslr camera.
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AprilMcGuire Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010   Digital Artist
interesting... that's a silly thing to say, that a camera is a disability. Sure, I've heard people say that "point and shoot" is not art, but to go as far as say it's a disability is laughable :lol: I think I have some fairly decent stuff, and my camera is OLD and nothing special :) It's all just how you use it :heart:
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sar-the-scare Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Student Photographer
This makes me want to break out my old Sony Cybershot and see how well I fare then...

I think I will. It would probably help me, since I've been having a serious lack of creativity lately.

Thank you so much for making this article. I've seen (and admired) some of those photos before and never realized they were shot with simple point-and-shoots. It's inspiring. :D
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shmac Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Haha, I loveeee my old Cybershot.
(Just recently got a DSLR...I keep my sony in the bag with my new Nikon...never know when I might need it. ;P)
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JeanFan Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive:

I mainly use my Nikon D80 dSLR now but all of my older shots and many of my favorites were taken using the Konica Minolta dImage Z6, an advanced compact camera.
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sar-the-scare Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Student Photographer
Wow, yes. I'm familiar with your work, the older stuff included. It never really clicked in my head that they were taken with a compact before now. Those older ones are some of my favorites from your gallery, too. :love:
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