rockwell photo

“If you can shoot well, all you need is a disposable, toy camera or a camera phone to create great work. If you’re not talented, it doesn’t matter if you buy a Nikon D3X or Leica;  your work will still be uninspired”

– Ken Rockwell, photographer

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Great art has to say something, and that something needs to be interesting.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a photo, a painting, a sculpture, a novel, a piece of music, a motion picture or any other work of art; it has to have something to say, or by definition, it’s meaningless.

Some people get so caught up by whatever mechanics it takes to create a work of art that they all too often completely forget to to say anything. They worry too much about the technical end and completely overlook the far more important part of actually putting something interesting into their work.

In photography, too many people confuse buying cameras and playing with software with photography itself. Creating photographs has no more to do with cameras, lenses and software than drinking beer has to do with metal tanks and brewery equipment. What we use to create something has nothing to do with what that something eventually does or says.

When you create a photograph, it has to have something to say. By “something to say,” it has to show us something we haven’t seen before, or show us the same thing in a very different way. It has to say something about which people actually care. It has to say something that hasn’t been said before. It has to be fresh and new, and has to be relevant. It has to keep us interested.

Too many people go and buy all the gear, and then wonder why great photos don’t just pop out… continued at