The Best Camera-A Definition
Any time photographers get together there is almost always a discussion/debate on "what's the best camera". People will go back and forth, for days on end, discussing all the technical details that supposedly make one camera or lens better than another.
While this is great fun, I'm going to suggest that picking the best camera is very easy and involves no debate. The best camera is always:
THE CAMERA YOU HAVE WITH YOU
It that easy, no arguments. I say this for the simple reason that no matter the resolution or features of the latest and greatest camera, if you don't have a camera with you and a great image opportunity presents itself, the camera is useless to you unless you have it with you.
Over the last couple of years, starting in 2012 with my Project 365, I got in the habit of having a camera (usually the Canon Powershot S95 or Canon PowerShot S100) with me almost all of the time. In addition to helping me complete the project 365 the "always available" camera helped me think more photographically and allowed me to capture some images that I might not have if I was obsessing about always having "The Best Camera".
Here are 4 representative shots from my project 365. None of them will win any awards but they are unique slices of life that I wouldn't have captured if I left my camera at home.
A Little Off Course
This 1st image is from very early in my project 365, day 6 or so, and shows a bewildered driver (on the left) watching the Police as they come up with a plan to extricate his car from the woods. I captured this while walking to the store during lunch:
Street Sign Wisdom
Here's an image that says a lot about the Metric System in the US. Once again this was taken while I was out on a walk at work. I had my S95 in my pocket, ready to use at a moments notice, when I saw this interesting/ironic sign combination:
I got this image of the setting sun reflecting off of some office buildings in Atlanta as I was headed to a business dinner. Once again, nothing award winning but I like the colors and composition of it. Also, at the time I originally posted it, several people said it reminded them of a scene from The Walking Dead and asked if I saw any Zombies. I always love it when an image spurs a variety of different thoughts and recollections. That just shows how powerful an even basic image can be.
Mid Life Crisis
As many of you know, I love cars of all types and I try to get as many quality photos of them as I can. Well, one day as I was stopping by my local Costco to do some shopping I saw this beautiful, pristine Ferrari in the parking lot. Luckily I had my "best camera" with me at the time (the S95) and was able to get the car photographed before the owner showed up with multiple packs of toilet paper that they just purchased in Costco :-)
Now that I've defined the term "best camera" and shown you some fun images I captured by having a camera with me I hope I've inspired you to start carrying a camera (any camera) with you on a daily basis. Remember, the best camera isn't the newest or most expensive one, it's the one you have with you when you want/need to capture an image.
Until next time....Happy Shooting!