Why the Camera is Secondary to Create a Good Artistic Photograph
Today, cameras are becoming more sophisticated and more efficient. Many photographers immediately jump on bodies with the latest innovations thinking that their photographs will be better. This is a big mistake because it is not the camera that determines the quality of the photographer but his creative and artistic sensitivity.
Our Personal Case
For several years, our professional activity is based solely on photography. Our main source of income is artistic photography. We have on the market photographic works that were made with digital sensors whose definition was 10 mega pixels (it was the Nikon D200). Then we photographed with cameras whose definition was 12 mega pixels (Nikon D700 and Nikon D3S). Today, we use 16-megapixel cameras (Nikon D4S) as well as 45-megapixel cameras (Nikon D850).
But our works made with 10-megapixel sensors have the same value and some are even more expensive than the ones we make with our current gear.
If we have changed our equipment in the last 15 years, it is only because some cameras broke down and the value of the parts were more than 50% of the value of a new one. Or, we needed new features such as tracking fast subjects for wildlife photography.
But we never bought a camera because it was new or because it was the trend. We are pragmatic photographers and we quickly realized that technology should be used wisely.
For us the purchase of a new camera is justified only if it allows us to make photos that we cannot create with our current body. All other arguments are worthless.
Many photographers fall under the spell of camera builders who have only one desire: it is that we change every year our camera. We understand this business logic very well, but we must act as responsible consumers. Why use energy and natural resources to build new devices that bring nothing to creativity?
As photographers specializing in nature photography, we are very vigilant in the way we buy our cameras, our lenses and the papers we use for our art prints. Just as in our daily lives, we act as responsible human beings. We never forget that the land does not belong to us. We are the depositories.
The Artistic Approach Above All
During all these years, we have found that it is our artistic approach that takes precedence. When a collector buys one of our works, he never asks us with which camera we did it. No buyer has ever asked us what the definition of our sensors was.
The important thing for the purchaser of a photographic work or an art lover is above all the connection he will establish with the work.
As we repeat all the time, the essential thing for an art print is the message transmitted by the photographer and the emotion felt by the person looking at it.
The message is Essential
As we often point out, a photograph only exists when it is printed on paper whether it is to hang on a wall or to be in a book. It is at this precise moment that one can really discover and understand the photographer's creativity as well as the meaning he wanted to give to the photograph. It is the print on paper which gives the value to the artistic approach of the author.
The photographic equipment used is secondary. The essential is the message transmitted. The race for pixels or ISO is a mirror lark. The true artist photographer knows that his camera is just a tool to convey what he has to say. No more no less. A box is only the communication vector of the photographer.
An Artist Photographer is Defined by His Vision
For us, an artist photographer is remarkable above all by a clear and well-defined artistic approach. He is remarkable for the meaning he conveys through his creative approach.
We do not care about the material he uses. We meet a lot of photographers who think they can make artistic photographs because they are not very noisy, because they are well balanced in light and because they respect a certain number of technical criteria. We think it's a big mistake because when you look at their printed pictures, you only see pictures that have been made by other photographers. These are just repetitions. We do not perceive the soul of the art work. We are insensitive. These are just technical photographs. It's déjà vu. However, for them, they are real artistic works because they have already seen the same. Unfortunately for us, most of the pictures we watch are in this case.
The transmission of the Message
It is certain that giving a precise definition of art is difficult. We have tried in this article. Art is one of the great mysteries of humanity. Human beings have created a concept but defining it is a challenge. There will be almost as many definitions of art as there are artists.
The simplest, however, is to say that an artistic form can be defined as a means of conveying messages or the emotions of an author.
As we wrote in this article, we chose photography to express ourselves, to show our states of mind, to share our emotions and to convey messages.
We have always wanted to leave a trace of our passage on earth. Before being professional photographers, we worked in very creative professions, but technology meant that our creations became obsolete after 2 or 3 years.
A Photographer Artist is not Measured in 'Like'
Artistic photography cannot be defined by sales records or annual turnover. The quality of an artist photographer cannot be defined by the number of 'likes' of a social network or the number of followers.
An photographer artist is primarily a person who has chosen to use a camera to tell his story and translate his emotions. He could have chosen writing, painting, music or some other artistic form but chose a camera as an accessory.
Artistic photography is not a better form of art than others. She is just a special form.
Media is not an end. He is the right way.
If a person decides to use photography to express themselves artistically, they must get away from the technique and the material. Its sole purpose is to convey messages.
We believe that an artist photographer must not only know how to talk about photography but especially what he wants to show and translate.
Art is not the production of something, but it is the expression of something. This expression is the translation of an author's thoughts or state of mind.
A camera is only an accessory for a photographer artist. Finding the advanced features of new models is not an end. Technology has no limit. There will always be new features available that will tantalize fans of new trends. But this is only marketing cleverly organized and maintained by major camera brands.
An photographer artist must never forget to express himself, to transmit messages and his passion. Everything else is secondary.