After taking pictures at a couple of horse shows, I am paying more attention to my photography. I currently use a Nikon Coolpix camera that we got back in 2004. The camera takes great point and shoot vacation pictures, but if you want any type of action, or need a camera that shoots and writes fast, this would not be it.
I am looking into getting a new camera. I have been investigating the Nikon D70s, D40x, or the Canon 20D. If you are thinking of buying a new camera, David wrote a great post on Strobist.com, Chips, Glass and Light: Assembling an Inexpensive Camera Bag, about getting a good foundation camera set. I want to get a good solid camera, but I don’t want to break the bank to do it. I need a camera that can keep up with Nicole at her horse shows, but that I can expand when time allows.
Just to get back into taking pictures again, I have started taking pictures of my cats bird watching, and looking at pictures on flickr. Now my pictures aren’t as exciting as Junko’s amazing airborne cats series on flickr, like the top picture in this post. Jun Kumagai is an excellent photographer that really captures the joy of being a cat, chasing things and being airborne. Finding his pictures really made me feel more sane about having taken pictures of my cats. In my defense the cats do work really cheap.
I would feel disheartened seeing how great Jun Kumagai photos are until I saw the following quote from the experienced photographer Mike Johnston, in a post by John Nack, “Most of your pictures suck.”
To be honest, most of my pictures suck. The saving grace of that admission is that most of your pictures suck, too. How could I possibly know such a thing? Because most of everybody’s pictures suck, that’s how. I’ve seen Cartier-Bresson’s contact sheets, and most of his pictures sucked. One of my teachers said that it was an epiphany for him when he took a class from Garry Winogrand and learned that most of Winogrand’s exposures sucked. It’s the way it is.
I am thankful that I saw this quote. I thought is was just most of my pictures that sucked. I see great photos on the web, and wonder how these people take such great shots. That is when I realized I wasn’t going to get any better by just getting a new camera. I should start practicing with the camera I have, so when I do get a chance to upgrade I will have already started practicing my basic photography skills. I am hoping to have much better shots from next years horse shows.