That was a fantastic meal…you must have a great cooker.

An odd title for a photography blog? Bear with me.

Have a look at the image below this blog post. Five people standing in a puddle on the beach, silhouetted against the sunset. It was taken at the end of a busy week when one of my friends suggested that as it was a warm summer night (a rarity in Scotland) we should head down to the beach, build a bonfire, roast some marshmallows and chill out while watching the sunset.
I didn’t have any of my DSLR cameras with me, only my point and shoot compact which has manual control over a few key settings such as  Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO, etc. On seeing the picture, there were two different reactions:

“Wow, your camera is amazing!”


“I’m sure we could give you any camera and you would get a great picture like that.”

I would like to hope that the second answer was the more accurate. I have spent a lot of time learning how to make a picture, not just take a picture. For this photo, the shutter speed, aperture, ISO, colour balance, height of shot, angle of reflections and pose were all considered before pressing the button. It is straight out of camera and no pixels were harmed (Photoshopped) in the creation of the picture.

In the same way that the cooker just heats the food and the chef makes the meal; the camera just takes the photo but the photographer makes the image.



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