Is it in the Indian? And not his bow and arrow? A cliché. In the photographic world, this is often heard by some photographers who think that the photographers’ skills can solely bring home the keepers. A blanket statement like this can sometimes be misleading. While I don’t argue that the photographer’s skills and technique are very important and crucial factors, I have to argue that having the right equipment for the job is also an essential part. A photographer with good technique plus a mediocre equipment can get the job done – there’s is no argument in this. But a photographer with good technique plus the right equipment for the job can spell the difference. This difference can be more pronounced when we go into more specific fields in photography like wildlife, sports, macro and astrophotography to name a few. These fields involve more fine tuning and selection of equipment in order to get the job done. Take example in macro photography – one can probably take shots of close-ups using a kit zoom lens (the lens that is usually bundled on the DSLR kit), but probably can never achieve the desired magnification ratio for macro. A macro lens can get the job done better that can achieve 1:1 ratio. Another quick example is in wildlife photography – one can probably get away with some shots with a 70-300 4.5-5.6 lens in good light. But having a more specific lens for the job can get you one step ahead of the game. Of course, the photographer (/Indian) takes center stage in creating the photo. The photographer (/Indian) must know and understand well his equipment (/bow and arrow), its capabilities and limitations, and from there the photographer (/Indian) can take photography to a new level.
Photographer’s note: F/1.4, 1/200, ISO 100, Nikon D800E, Nikkor AFS 24mm 1.4
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