The Camera

"No photographer is as good as the simplest camera."

Edward Steichen

The best camera is the one which allows you to take a picture.


All cameras are comprised of a body and a lens.

The body contains the analog film or digital sensor (ISO), and a curtain (Shutter-Speed) which controls how long our film/sensor is being exposed to light.

The lens controls the strength of the light (Aperture) passing through the lens barrel AND the clear optical elements inside the lens, determines our angle-of-view (Focal Length). (Don't worry, the upcoming examples will show what these properties all do.)

A lens can be permanently attached to the camera or it can be interchangeable. Also, the elements can be fixed in one position (prime) or they can move (zoom).


With a mobile device (and some point-and-shoot cameras), the body and lens are combined into one convenient package, with mobile devices becoming the dominant way people take photographs, now and in the future.

Practically EVERYONE has a smartphone and all they have to do is point and press a button. Smartphones are a great snapshot camera and in an instant, we can share it with family, friends and the world.

Although mobile device's current photography technology is still quite limited, their base capabilities continue to improve all the time. To go beyond the simple default settings, we can employ everything from external lens attachments and tripods, to a whole plethora of third-party apps, giving us an extra measure of control.


The interchangeable system is designed for more hands-on control and is for the person who wants to take things further. We can be in full-manual, partial-automatic or full-automatic, whichever we choose.

Lens choices also offer far greater versatility and photo opportunities.

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