Does The Camera Matter in Photography?

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One of the biggest cliché in photography today is stating that the camera doesn’t matter and all you need is vision or a good eye. Whilst this is in part true, and I’ll get to it in this article, it’s also a thought that needs to be challenged.

I started my professional life at a very early age. I left my parents’ home at the age of 14 to live in a city about 100 miles away with my older sister. At the age of 16 I then went on to live alone (is this actually legal?!). There I studied for 3 years how to become a chef. I had and still have a passion for food and cookery.

It’s not necessarily obvious but cooking is actually very similar to photography.

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Food Photographers: We Want To Feature Your Cooking Process

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Milvus lens review photos (12 of 23)ISO 2001-160 sec at f - 5.0

Hey food photographers,

As many of you know, we feature excellent photography from equally excellent photographers; and this time around we want to inspire others (and potentially make other hungry) with really beautiful food photography.

But we’re not just talking about food, what we’re specifically looking for this time around is the cooking process. We’re interested in not only featuring your images but also talking to you about the aspects of the documentary process behind all this.

So how do you pitch it us?

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Why Good Photography is Like Good Cooking

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer CAnon 1D X and 24-70mm f2.8 II Top Chep cookoff at Photo Plus 2012 (6 of 23)ISO 400

Photography shares something very big in common with cooking: they’re both art forms. But the best cooking is said to be done with lots of care and love from chefs who meticulously slave to not only create meals that will taste incredible, but also satisfy the people that they’re making them for. For many, the act of cooking often involves using a recipe and modifying it to specific tastes.

And like cooking, photographers should aim to put care and love into the work that they create instead of blindly shooting a series of images and hoping for the best to happen with what comes from the camera. Keira Knightly said it best when she stated that photographers that worked with film often see the person more so than the image that pops on their LCD screen. And because of that, many film shooters try to put as much work into making the scene perfect before they even decide to press the shutter button.

Any photographer–whether digital or film–should aspire to make every image that they create be better than the previous one and much better than the one that they shot last week.

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