The Outcome vs. The Tools
Photography has always involved a somewhat uneasy alliance between technology, craft and art. Indeed the very first photographers had to combine the roles of manufacturer, technician and artist (many were painters). This triad of seemingly disparate skill sets and mindsets, when kept in balance, is capable of producing truly beautiful images. But when one dominates, to the point that the other two seem to have been barely considered, then the image is likely to fail.
It seems to me that, in the face of a myriad of technological advancements available through ever new cameras and computers, software upgrades and snazzy tools like the Apple iPad, its never been more important to take a step back and remind ourselves of a critical fact: the outcome must transcend the tools used. Only then can that marvelous alchemy we know as photography, where technology and magic come together to create something that is greater than the some of its parts, enable us to create art. Keeping control of your own photography triad will help keep you on the path to this goal. Beautiful images will surely follow.
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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography