Christmas came early to the Herald-Republic’s photo department this week with the arrival of new camera bodies and lenses.
Hey – I like new gear as much as anybody, especially when the new gear will make my job easier.
But that’s all this fancy new gear will do – make the job easier. It won’t tell me how to take photos. It won’t give me the vision to see the image. It won’t give me news judgement to decide what are the most appropriate photos. And even a Canon 1DX won’t give me the sensitivity to deal with difficult subjects and situations.
All that has to come from me and the 30-plus years of experience I have as a photojournalist.
When out on assignment I’m frequently asked about our equipment – the type, the cost, how many megapixels and so forth. Most everyone has serious gear envy (I don’t blame ’em – we do have some pretty sweet stuff). And while I’m glad to talk about the gear what I really want to tell people is that it’s not the gear, it’s the photographer that makes the photo.