Two conflicting messages which further proves this world is more about content then about having a true belief. YouTube has become one of the most popular places to share and enjoy hobbies and pursuits. It is filled with wonderful tutorials, reviews and open discussions. But the modern YouTube creator has to come with something more, as good, reliable information is no longer enough to garner the subscribers desired. Which brings me to my blog post today....
A common message that has been going around photography circles for decades is that the camera is not important. It is the creative attention and knowledge possessed by the photographer that makes the difference. This is an important message for two key reasons, the first is that it highlights that a wonderful camera will not make you a wonderful photographer and second, that if you do not have the money for top gear, you can still be a wonderful photographer. I have heard some YouTubers compare a camera with an oven. You see a professional oven at the hands of an amateur baker will not produce mouthwatering results however a professional baker with a poor oven can.
I can understand, and somewhat, agree with that philosophy. If you ascribe to it, gear acquisition is not longer important and your goal is to expose yourself to more photographic opportunities and learn as much as you can. I can see the benefit of this approach.
Then I see the same photographers who preach this, spending a great deal of time discussing why they changed from one camera system to another. If the camera does not matter then why spend the time giving these explanations? Perhaps it is a question of finding some content to display? I see plenty of YouTube creators who just seem to copy what others are doing. There is little creative content and perhaps they need something to discuss. How many times can you talk about the relationship between aperture and shutter speed?
If this is a case of content starved creators, then I completely understand. If this is a case of people dishing out philosophy who do not really believe it then I do have an issue with it. New photographers are trying to learn from them, they are portraying themselves as knowledgeable teachers so they should be held accountable for what they preach.
Patrick...confirmed film & digital photography addict.