Thursday, September 6, 2012

The camera you have is the best camera in the world.

I captured this image with a Coolpix 5000 set to Jpeg fine in February of 2002. I was teaching a class in flower photography. All of the students had complained that they could not get
he results I was getting because all they had were point and shoot cameras. So I took my point and shoot and shot this image. This is a single capture. The image was first processed in Nikon capture then saved as a tiff then further worked on in Photohop. The Black and white conversion was first done with my multi-channel mixer approach. I revisited this image and did a combination of my multi-channel approach and Niksoftware's Silver Efex Pro. This is the image you are seeing now.

The point I would like to make is it is the photographer not the camera that makes the image shine. Technique exists so that you do not have to shout to have your artistic voice be heard. Perfect technique without a solid voice is an exercise in creating forgettable photographs. Emotionally rich and technically imperfect will always trump technically perfect and emotionally vacant. Does the best camera in the world with the best glass help, it does. But can you achieve the best results of having your voice be heard with any camera? Yes. Pay more attention to what you wan to say, focus on that. Learn technique not as the end all be all but rather as the means to be better heard.

Camera Specs:

Effective pixels

5.0 million (total pixels: 5.24 million)
Image size

[2560] (2,560 x 1,920 pixels), [1600] (1,600 x 1,200 pixels), [1280] (1,280 x 960 pixels), [1024] (1,024 x 768 pixels), [640] (640 x 480 pixels), [3:2] (2,560 x 1,704 pixels) selectable
Lens / Digital zoom

3x Zoom-Nikkor; 7.1-21.4mm (35mm [135] format equivalent to 28-85mm); f/2.8-4.8; 9 elements in 7 groups; 4x digital zoom
Focus range

50cm (19.7 in.) to infinity (∞), 2cm (0.8 in.) to infinity (∞) in Macro mode.

Final file is stored and scaled using Genuine Fractals.

© Vincent Versace 2012

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