Tools of the Trade

by Tim Rogers April. 26, 2016 3275 views

“A bad tradesman always blames his tools” as the old saying goes.

Guilty.

I can't take a photo with an iPhone to save my life. My smart phone isn't the most modern…it's 2 years old. Which in smart phone years is about 1000. I'm pretty sure I should have updated it at least twice by now. I just can't be bothered. I know more photos are taken by smart phone than by actual cameras these days. Some of them are absolutely spectacular. Great photographers are doing amazing things with iPhones and android phones alike. In some cases just to prove they can. Some people are basing their total photographic experiences on smartphone captures and are doing incredible things. More power to them I say. I wish I had the eye and steady hand that they possess. All my attempts at reproducing shots on my iPhone that I'm getting out of my camera have been wide angle style shots and they just don't stack up. My old iPhone wasn't built for that anyway…it was built to play Angry Birds :)

While we're at it, photographers can be pretty protective of the brand of camera they use. Some shooters wouldn't be caught dead using the competitors brand. Social media, blogs and way too many internet bites have been devoted to slamming one make or another. I never got that. I just want to take the best photos I can. I chose my current camera because it was on sale.

These photos are examples of my attempts to use both a camera and smart phone. For me one works better than the other but that's not my point. My point is simply get out there and take photos of your experiences, friends, family, events etc. who cares what tool you use. Get out there and use said tool.

Who cares if one's better quality than the other. It's your photo, it's your experience you're capturing. If you use your phone then that's just as valid as a $5000 pro unit. Use whatever you want and enjoy it while you're there. Just make the magic that moves you

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Lukesmom 5 years, 3 months ago

I feel you. I've read more than once that it doesn't matter what camera you have; a good photo can be taken with most any device if you take the time to "see" it and learn how to use what you've got. I love #2.

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Bill Baird 5 years, 3 months ago

Great set. Congrats !!

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Eiviana 5 years, 3 months ago

Great photoset and article. Very thought-provoking... Congrats!

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John Parsons 5 years, 3 months ago

Congrats on FP - great series.

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Gillian Parsons 5 years, 3 months ago

Great congrats.

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Chris Cann 5 years, 3 months ago

Love the first two shots, make sure you clean your tripod when you get home, salt is a killer. A lovely set, iPhone usage worked well. Congrats on F.P.

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Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 3 months ago

Once again ! Well done! Mx

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Marsha 5 years, 3 months ago

Amazing image - so softly beautiful - good words, too!

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Kara Bana 5 years, 3 months ago

I love the colours on 2 & 4. Congrats on another FP.

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Paolo Martini 5 years, 3 months ago

Congratulations ;o)

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Armando 5 years, 3 months ago

Congratulations!

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Abby 5 years, 3 months ago

Beautiful :)) Congratulations on FP, my friend!!!

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Giancarlo Fosci 5 years, 3 months ago

Congratulations for Fp!!!!

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Milton Jacob 5 years, 3 months ago

congratulations

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Maud - Normandie - France 5 years, 3 months ago

Bravo pour cette jolie FP !! un rêve !!

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Sara G 5 years, 3 months ago

#2 and 4 so gorgeous..I like gorgeous. A bad photo is regrettable to me..can't get it right sometimes. Other times no adjustment needed, perfect shot. Wish all were like that.

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Antonio Gil 5 years, 3 months ago

We can see the difference, but in the end, what matters is to take pictures regardless of the gadget.

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Delightfulpink 5 years, 3 months ago

I enjoy and adore your photos that much!

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Gillian Parsons 5 years, 3 months ago

I enjoy using my camera and my iPad about to get an iPhone so will enjoy that as well. Just depends what you like if you haven't got your camera the others will cover for you.......love 2&4

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Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 3 months ago

I can honestly say I blame my own ignorance!
Love the first two images ...

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Jay Boggess 5 years, 3 months ago

Wonderful words of wisdom, Tim! I'm with you!
Personally, looking for interesting images to capture, is more fun for me, than obsessing over hardware choices. Don't get me wrong, I love capable hardware, but it's the images I'm truly seeking... At 70+ years of age, it's a good way to aid my "leaky" memory recall wonderful moments in time, that would otherwise be swept down the corridors of time...
I love how you show your set-up in #1 & the product of that set-up in #2!
All four are interesting shots, in their own unique ways...

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