There are some quite amusing things that people say to photographers from time to time, often when you show them their image on the back of the camera, or present a few prints or a recent book, or even just see the shots on the web. Things like :-
“Wow – that camera’s awesome”
“I wish I had a camera like that so I could get great photos too”
You just politely smile, or on occasion, give them the camera and say “have a go” (with a cheeky smile). Oddly enough, the shots they take are often not pulitzer prize winners.
Its a bit like going up to Will Self and saying
“I love your work Will, what pen do you use? If I had that pen, I could create fantastic novels, just like yours!”
Or maybe meeting up with David Hockney and saying
“That painting of someone having just dived into the pool – that’s amazing, what brush did you use. If I had a that brush, I could come up with a ground breaking piece of art like that too”
Sure, a good camera and lens makes a difference, in the same way a good drill does to a tradesman. If you gave me the best drill in the world, I’d probably still end up with a door that doesn’t close properly or a sink that leaked. Owning a drill and set of tools does not make me a tradesman – even though I’m a tradesman’s son.
Maybe the reason a shot looks awesome on the back of the camera has something to do with the guy/gal who has spent years learning about camera control, exposure, composition, posing, lighting etc. etc. ?
Just a thought anyway