Continuing my Camera Talk series, during my periods of chemotherapy when able bodied I find myself tidying up old photo albums online.
It has become clear to me some of my best photos were taken with modest spec sensors whilst more megapixels have not delivered me better results. A standout from the past was my Olympus E-PL2, a 12MP Micro 4/3rds camera.
My thoughts drift to does the value of your photos lie in their technical quality or on them being your own unique creative way of seeing a scene?
The E-PL2 with pancake lens was very compact. Thus always with me. It was able to be turned on and operated one handed and I could still see rear screens without glasses then (kinda). I did not think about the camera or pixel count, just on being creative, the image in my mind.
I have taken technically better photos since then with double the megapixels and larger sensors and better post processing software. Great for pixel peeping but uninspiring images.
There is a tsunami of pressure online about needing full frame and high megapixels but when you look back at memories do you concern yourself with pixel peeing? I recently got some scans of old print photos from 80’s from a mate. It was a great joy to see these for me and being low res mattered not at all.
And then who pixel peeps images on Facebook or Instagram or actually clicks to view your higher res blog photos (if you even offer them like I do)
Personally I don’t buy all the fluff. There are photo technicians and there are photographers.
Seeking ever more technically correct photos for me became a process. I think my photography should be emotive and not about sensors. The value lies in my unique minds eye view and a moment I captured not in the absolute details.
With this in mind I have gone back to the camera market to look for a body that is not too big (but they all are for a rider), has compact lenses, good hold, operate one hand, has a large and proper hi res EVF (rare except high end FF) and I’m looking without thinking of sensor specs – as much as that is possible today.