The Best Camera

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The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You, a book by Chase Jarvis, is causing quite a stir in the photographic world. The idea that underpins the book is that it is not expensive equipment that really counts, but the photographer’s eye.

To prove it, all the photography in the book was done with the camera in his iPhone. The fact is that there are times when we leave our cameras at home and, no matter how good they are, the one actually in your pocket is better at that moment.

The picture, above, is one of the first taken with the camera in my new BlackBerry. Not too bad for a first try and, seeing that the D90 was at home, certainly better than no shot at all.

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7 thoughts on “The Best Camera

  1. As an avid amateur photographer – primarily of gardens but occasionally outside of them too – I think the principle is right. I have a few iPhone photos that are pretty good. I carry my D300 around a lot but recently bought a Canon G11 to make sure I always have a camera on me. Liking what I see so far.

    I’ve just started a blog on garden design and photography on WordPress, called Garden Shoots (www.melissaclarkphotography.wordpress.com). Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Melissa, thanks for the comment. I know I’m going to find it hard but I think the idea is to absolutely not pixel-peep, and judge the picture on its merits.

    How are you getting along with your G11? I, too, have been thinking of that or the new S90 which apparently has the same sensor in a more compact body.

  3. Very ironic to read this. Earlier today I was reading a thread from back in 2007 (photo.net), where someone wanted to know if they should buy a Canon 1D (released about 2003) or a new Canon EOS 40D for roughly the same price.

    The first group was adament about how the newer 40D was better and the 1D is almost redundant @ 4MP.

    The second group stated that the 1D can still produce good quality images, focus much faster than the 40D, was weather proof and very robust.

    There was one person though that said it doesn’t matter what you use to take the shot, but “photography being about IMAGES and content, impact, originality, lighting, etc.” If the technology doesn’t limit your creativity, then age/technology doesn’t matter.

    I agree wholeheartedly with the latter, but it is our nature to want the newest/best and then forget what it’s all about.

    • I’m sure I’ll never abandon my ‘real’ camera equipment but it’s a good idea to take a step back now and then and remind yourself what its all about. Especially when new models for our photo gear are launched!

  4. I’m finding the G11 very handy. Unfortunately as a Nikon user I’m struggling a bit with the interface and often find myself hitting the wrong rocker-buttons, activating the flash control when I don’t want it on. But it has produced some great JPEGs for me at client sites and I’m working on a couple of posts on taking this camera to NYC on Halloween weekend where I took a lot of photos, many of which I was quite satisfied with.

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