Do you need a top-of-the-range, expensive camera ...

... to make good photographs?

The manufacturers would have you believe it. If you read their adverts you'd think that you can't possibly take anything that's worth looking at unless you have their latest brushed-silver offering with 10x zoom, image-stabilised face recognition technology, and a state-of-the-art multi-cellular noise-damped signal-enhanced CCD at its heart.

Hogwash. You can buy the best camera in the world, but if you don't have a 'visual eye' you'll still produce lousy photographs.

I have seen an exercise where several top professional photographers were given bog-standard point and shoot cameras to work with. Most of the results were stunning.

Or look at it another way - consider the equipment that the early photographers had to work with ... heavy plate cameras, manual focusing and exposure setting, weird lighting systems (if any) ... yet they produced amazing images.

The most sophisticated items of photographic equipment that you own are your eyes and your brain.

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