Cameras are the tools of the trade for the photographer, there is no doubt about it. You always see the photographer with more than one camera, many lenses and in general the latest from photographic technology. I am no exception in this continuous quest for the latest and greatest – this year I acquired a great camera, the Canon 5D Mk III, which I greatly enjoy using.
Tools now extend to the computer side as well. Often I notice comments like “… photographers can fix that in Photoshop …”. While it is true that Photoshop is a great (and complex) software, photographs should not be “fixed” but “enhanced” instead. I believe that creating a great image in camera will make a superb enhanced image later. Start with an image that is just so-so in camera and you end up with a finished photo that is still so-so (or worse).
At the end of the day these are just tools and it is how the photographer uses them that makes the difference – the photographer creates your child’s beautiful images, not the camera.