Composition

Your Camera Doesn't Make Your Film — Your Eye Does

Your Camera Doesn't Make Your Film — Your Eye Does

Cameras don’t take pictures, you do.

There’s a story in your head. You can make that story fit into a linear, re-playable rectangle with just some imagination, hard work and the right tools. It doesn’t mean your story has to be linear, but it does mean you have to translate that story through your tools onto that digital rectangle. Remember, just because you have a nice expensive camera with bells and whistles doesn’t mean you’ll have an automatic piece of art. You can point a knitting needle at a pile of yarn skeins, or you can hold out a palette of colors toward a canvas, and that doesn’t mean you’ve crafted something. The same is true with a camera. It is a tool. It is used (properly — or at least intentionally) to create the vision in your head, or something close to it.