The most frequently asked question I get from blog readers and Flickr members is about technique, followed by questions as to what equipment was used (camera and lenses, etc.). Not wanting to offend, I generally answer with respect to equipment choice, but also try to add that the most expensive glass or camera body in the world is capable of producing work of amateur or less quality. Composition, lighting, original vision, and post-processing (or darkroom work), all playing a more important role. The above shot was made with a Brownie Holiday (Made by Kodak from 1953-1962) with an improvised tripod mount (as there are none on this particular model which was designed for hand held snap shots with 127 roll film). My long time photographic partner and I went through a period of using vintage cameras, including those made by Kodak, the Agfa Isolette, Olympus RC rangefinders, and lastly the Holga plastic camera. With the exception of the Isolette, which uses 120 roll film and is capable of exceptionally sharp photos, most of these cameras had very cheap lenses, the Holga for example, having a plastic lens with only two F Stop choices and a single shutter speed. Nonetheless, we produced a cache of fine work, both locally and in Chicago across many trips. The bottom line: become proficient with whatever equipment you have, learning to see as an artist. By today's standards, the lenses used by Edward Weston on his 8x10 view camera that produced those precious contact prints, would be considered crap.
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Donna L. Jones