This is a re-post of an article I wrote two years ago, when I was just getting Shutterfinger off the ground, out of the gate, or whatever metaphor you prefer. Some of you may remember it; for many of you it will be new. In either case, I think it's a point worth bringing up from time-to-time. If you're interested, read on.
Or maybe you do own a digital camera but it's not capable enough. There aren't enough megapixels, or there's not enough dynamic range or you don't own the right lens. If only you had the right equipment you could produce wonderful photographs.
Then again, maybe you have the right equipment but there's nothing where you live that's interesting enough to photograph. You thirst for exotic locations, soaring mountains, rice paddies, aboriginal people and the like. Your everyday life goes unnoticed and unrecorded while you wait for your chance to photograph something "really interesting."
If you can relate to any of this then I've got a tip for you: wake up! All you need to produce good photos is interest, desire, and if you're lucky, passion. The rest will take care of itself. Use what you've got. Squeeze every last bit of capability out of it that you can. You'll never get what you want by thinking about it. Get out there and do it.
By the way, all the photos you see above were taken with the camera in my four year-old LG cell phone. It's as basic as basic can get. The images are 2MP. There's nothing you can adjust. All you can do is point and click. I'm not claiming they're fine art or that they're free of technical flaws, but I'm certainly not embarrassed to post them here. No excuses. Photographers take pictures. Get busy.