Why It Is Making the Photo That Counts


I shot the above photo using my iPhone and that doesn’t matter because it’s the photo that’s important.

It’s easy to get hung up on having the right camera gear. And it’s easy to believe that a different camera would make you a better photographer.

Here’s the thing. You could put an average guitar in the hands of a great guitarist and it would sound great. While a great guitar in the hands of a less talented guitarist wouldn’t sound great at all.

It’s the same with cameras. Someone with a well-trained photographers eye will make great photos with any camera. Getting hung up on gear gets in the way of making great photos.

For the photo above, I’d been out on a photo walk on a freezing day, a few weeks back. I was on the way home and looking forward to a nice mug of coffee.

I was still scanning for photos, though. The way you do when you’ve been out with your camera for a while.

The light was fading fast. And it looked like we were going to get more snow. Even with gloves on it was getting hard to work buttons.

I arrived at a busy road and waited to cross. It was at that point that I turned around to look behind me.

The photo above is what I saw — more or less.

It looked amazing. I didn’t want to pull my camera out and set it back up. So, I grabbed my iPhone and walked around a little to get the right framing.

Then, I took the photo.

In post processing I dropped the contrast, highlights and blacks. But boosted the shadows and the whites. I also upped the clarity and vibrance a little. But I decreased the saturation.

For the curves, I dropped the highlights, boosted the lights and dropped the darks by a good measure (-63). Then, I boosted the shadows (+77).

I was looking to maintain the drama I saw in the scene at the moment I turned around and saw it.

It was freezing cold. Tiredness and hunger gnawed away at me. But I saw this photo and grabbed it because I could see the end result. And the choice of camera? Didn’t matter one bit.

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