As a professional photographer, I am, of course, keen on working with equipment that provides the results I envision in my mind. And more often than not, I find myself using my bridge cameras to do so. Why would a professional photographer bother with a bridge camera to capture the fleeting moments that are to never occur again? Good question. It is one that I often ask myself out in the woods. A true conundrum. I have two perfectly good Nikon D-SLR’s. Both of which provide superb results. So why not use those precision instruments?
Let us put it this way: when you look at an image that truly stirs your soul, what is the first thought that comes to mind? Do you wonder what the photographer was thinking? What is the story behind the image? Why did the photographer point the camera where they did? Or, do you wonder what camera was used? Me? My first thought is: what is the photographer attempting to communicate? Not: what camera did they use?
I would be lying if I did not consider the camera used. I am not unlike many other photographers who concern themselves with such matters. But, in the end, the camera used is not of consequence. The impact of the image is–to me–of the uttermost importance. Just think, how many images that ‘wow’ you, are captured with a fancy, expensive camera? Really, think about it! Say that 100 images are picked at random from someone’s social media feed, and you were to look and them briefly, and guess which images were captured with what camera. Could you do it? More importantly, why would it matter if you truly liked the images? I bet only a small percentage were captured with what is considered a professional camera.
Justifying My Own Decisions?
I have purposely asked many questions, because my goal is to make you, the reader, genuinely consider how you react to, and evaluate images. Frankly, why should any of these questions matter? Photography, like any other art form, is subjective. To each their own.
The best photography (in my opinion), is from those that are able to express themselves (and their passion) with the gear that they enjoy using. Photography all comes down to one thing: enjoyment. Why use equipment that does not bring joy to your soul? I experience the most joy using my bridge cameras–and thus, my best work is the result. I only press the shutter button when I feel a sense of happiness, of joy.
One of the best tips to becoming a better photographer? Find joy in your work, and what you work with. Your joy and contentment will shine through in your work. I promise.
Until next time, get outside and breathe.
*Oh…and if you are curious…the images in this post are from a Samsung S-8 device