Immature Bald Eagle, On the Hunt
History shows the qualities that draw us to
great photographs are timeless. Good photographs produced long ago with
equipment that is crude by today's standards are as wonderful, desirable,
and appreciated now as they ever were. In fact, some of today's artistic
photographers revive old photographic processes for use in their work.
There is nothing wrong with the pursuit of modern technical excellence, but
switching from old or mediocre camera equipment to the best and most modern equipment on earth will
not in itself make your photographs more appealing.
Conversely, learning how to use camera settings, composition, color, and
post-processing techniques in ways that convey your vision to others will
get you a long way toward creating more appealing and more distinctive
The next time you practice the art of photography try
putting more of yourself into the results. Think about why you are taking
the photo and how you can visually show those reasons to others through the
photograph. Think about your vision for the finished photograph before
taking the picture and follow through accordingly. This is harder than it
sounds, but you may find it makes your photography more satisfying.