mytidalwaves 5:09am, 17 June 2008
i personally have no big shot camera. i use a 5 megapixel Olympus camera and a 3.2 megapixel phone camera. i have no clue as to what the different cameras do either...

[i just have my "photo!" moments and that's mainly what's on my photostream. shots by a TRULY amateur photog..]

does that define who you are as a photographer?

what camera do you use?
Em Thomas Photography 10 years ago
Of course the camera doesn't define the photographer - cameras are only tools for what we do.

I have quite a few cameras, including medium format all the way down to 'toy' cameras. The one I use most often is a Canon S3 IS because it's just more convenient. But there are plenty of times I'll reach for another camera because it can do something specific that my digital can't.
Juveelord 10 years ago
I am brand new to this group, although it looks like I should have joined months ago. I use a Canon S5 IS, which, like the S3, is the ultimate amateur camera. Its like a DSLR in terms of the functions and versatility, yet it doesnt require expensive lenses and add ons. However, As you can see from my photostream, I am at best decent. A professional photog would take waaaaaaaaaaay better shots with my S5 than I can right now.
Frank Morales R 10 years ago
Hello! That's a really good question. Most of the people who start in the art of photography think that the camera define who they are as photographers. But, in my opinion that's absolutely false. No matter what camera do you have, what really matters is the moment, the place or the subject you present in the photo and the way you do it. Of course, a good camera can help, but it doesn't make the whole difference.

I recently bought a Canon S5 1S, a real amateur camera.

You can see my pics @
ptcanon 10 years ago
Hi, I'm new to the group, but I thought I'd interject a responce to the question. I do not believe that the camera defines the photographer. The opposite...the photographer defines the use of the camera. I think a great photographer can take good pictures with a cell phone, but of course will benefit from a nicer SLR that they are familiar with. I have two cameras...a Canon 5D and an older 300D. And to be honest, I am not as familiar with my newer camera as I wish I were. The older camera is the better tool for me right now, but that will change in time as I learn the new one. That said, I am happy with a lot of my cell phone snaps to.
kashacee 10 years ago
I agree with everyone above. I dont think the camera defines the photographer, and more to what ptcanon stated..the photographer defines the use of the camera.
I also own 2 cameras, a fujifilm s1000fd, which is apparently a great camera for someone just starting out in the world of photography ( which I most definately am) and a flim SLR Canon AE-1 ( ancient but works extremely well for what I can do with it).
I think that it would be a tragedy for a true amateur to begin on a very detailed DSLR camera with unlimited access to its lenses because that amateur would have no idea where to start in terms of recipes for a great photo. SO in my opinion, it is again the photographer who defines the use of the camera, NOT the camera defining the photographer themselves.
SPG_Photography 10 years ago
I have a really crappy, supposed to be pretty awesome, camera. It's a sanyo. I hate it.
It's supposed to be anti-shake and my pictures are usually like.. blurry and not really focused. I don't know lingo, but I want a film camera where i have to use a dark room to ""print?" them. I want a large lens that you can focus with your hands.

My camera doesn't define me as a photographer.
I can do better!

MapHobbit PRO 10 years ago
No, it's definitely the photographer.

Remember that a camera is simply a light-tight box with a hole in it. (When film was the most popular of all.)

If you have a "crappy" camera, then cool! All the more to "master" the camera and know how to take the pictures you want/like to take.

I own a film SLR (Rebel G) but when I got a digicam (Canon A95) I abandoned my film SLR because of the ready-ness of images that the digicam provided. But I had a chance to really get to know my P&S digicam because yes, it does have some creative limitations.

And yes, we can always do better.
Good luck!
..o..z.. 9 years ago
Look... Everything depends on the photographer, then on the place, then on the moment, and the last important thing is what kind of machine you're using. I can tell you, I do better pictures with my Olympus c-500 than with my Nikon D50.
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