The Question -- Who is a “photographer” in today’s connected
world? The Answer -- EVERYBODY WITH A POINT
AND SHOOT, CAMCORDER, SMART OR DUMB CELLPHONE, OR PHOTO-PAD!
By George Margolin, Editor,
former Technical Editor of Popular Photography
No longer is a “photographer” just
someone carting a “Real” camera on a strap over his/her neck. It’s now
ANYONE with a Smart phone or even a Dumb phone or a more capable camera from
Nikon, or Canon, or Sony, Panasonic and others. So let’s define today’s
camera. It’s anything that can take, make, store or transmit an image.
Here is a
picture of Times Square in New York, NY of everyone taking a picture which
is shown on the big screen- most are cell phones, some cameras.
Are all photographers and “cameras”
equal? Depends on what you consider equal. If it means taking a high
resolution picture in conditions of darkness or lightness or moonlight or
sunlight – or being able to take a picture of the proverbial black cat in a
coal mine at midnight -- No – they are not all equal. Expensive and complex
cameras are specially DESIGNED and constructed for capturing the most
flawless images in the greatest variety of situations.
But if it means that you can capture
an image almost anytime and anyplace that is meaningful and/or important to
YOU -- the new “OPPORTUNITY” photographer – the answer is a RESOUNDING YES!
YOU are the new “photographer.”
And you can take it from me – as
former Technical Editor of Popular Photography Magazine – and a life-long
professional photo-journalist and multi-patented inventor – that sometimes –
in fact OFTEN – “Good enough really IS BEST!” I’ve seen many pictures from
many people who don’t considered themselves “photographers” – producing
photographs with sufficient timelineness quality and IMPACT -- that any
“real photographer” would wish they had taken.
So the old buzz-word – “You can’t take
a picture without a camera.” – is true. But as this column started out – any
device you can carry that can capture, store and perhaps transmit an image,
with enough quality to show the story – IS a camera and YOU the shooter –
ARE a photographer. Welcome to the club, sister or brother!