Now, I love a gadget as much as the next set of itchy pockets in the queue.
And camera geeks love the latest gadget much like any other geeks, if not more so. One of the attractions of photography has to be the kit. How it feels as your hands mould themselves to that increasingly familiar shape… It’s not just the new objects of desire either. There’s a love for the old lenses and discarded Brownies and Leicas that could tell so many tales of their own; items that pop up in the pages of photography magazines, on eBay and in charity shops and junk stores.
Today, cameras are increasingly capable of capturing the finest details in the poorest light; the most detailed of images from space, or deep inside you, or one hundred feet above you - or your neighbours' garden should you so wish - “Oi can we have our ball back?"
I used to post photos and would get back a comment about the horizon being wonky - a valid point in the fine art world of landscape photography but a clinically precise street shot can actually detract from the artistry and emotion of the shot. Surely?
Photography is an Art as well as a Science. It’s important to remember that when we salivate over the next must have piece of kit. Each one of us, by dint of our human nature, has an ability to see things in a unique way. There's no clever piece of kit, no fancy upgrade, to help with that. But it is something we can develop.
We simply need to work hard, take our time, challenging ourselves to see things differently and learn from looking at the work of others. Websites and photobooks are all rich places to turn to. There are rules of composition, for sure, but they’re rules which are more like guidelines and we all know that some of the best photos we have taken have smashed those rules to bits. I'm not sure this can be specifically taught. Unless we can teach ourselves. It’s more like something we have to find deep within ourselves.