Of all the tools available to an artist, none is as important as the camera. Here is how it can take your art to the next level.
ABOVE: David McDonough, White Elephant, digital photograph
“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.” Henri Cartier-Bresson
“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” Dorthea Lange
“The more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer.” Robert Mapplethorpe
“Wherever there is light, one can photograph.” Alfred Stieglitz
“The pictures are there, and you just take them.” Robert Capa
Whatever the medium, I firmly believe that all serious artists should have a decent camera.
It doesn’t need to be a professional model. It needn’t cost an arm and a leg. It can be purchased used, and you can learn how to use it via the internet.
By no means, do you need to master the craft. Just get out there and have fun – it’s amazing what you can learn when you’re having fun.
Some of the advantages of owning a decent camera are:
- It makes you look at things you otherwise wouldn’t.
- It reinforces the importance of composition.
- It leads to a better understanding of light, shadow, and texture.
- It is a great way to fill the void left by artist block.
- It gives you ideas.