The title says it all and most responses would be that there isn't a right answer, I beg to differ however but before I spill the beans then indulge me.
Having been into photography for many years, I’ve had my fair share of cameras, from a cheap 110 point and shoot in the 70s to a 21st century modern DSLR. Irrespective of what camera I was using at the time, one still encounters those ups and downs, times when I just didn’t feel creative and my photography suffered, then suddenly, something happens like the arrival of spring and the creative juices start flowing again.
Now obviously a modern DSLR is far superior to a 70s cheap camera but put the old camera in the hands of a pro and I’m sure they’d deliver an image of note.
All cameras require the user to think about composition, if the user wishes all cameras can follow the rule of thirds. Light is always one of the factors that can create a great shot, harsh midday light on any camera will never look as good as the soft, colourful light the ‘golden hour’ can provide.
All cameras regardless of their technical ability require the user to hold it straight and steady.
Is editing an iPhone shot in Snapseed any different to a top end pro camera needing a little work in post? Just a different device and a different workflow.
You can probably tell where I am heading with this now but a few years ago I had the pleasure of introducing a good friend to photography, it was one of the first questions he asked me and the simple answer I gave him was “The best camera is the one you have with you at the time!”
I explained yes I can get a bigger, brighter image with a higher dynamic range using a modern DSLR but ultimately if I’m out and it is at home then all that power is useless.
Picture the scene, pardoning the pun, you’re out with friends and it is extremely unlikely you took your gear with you, suddenly you encounter the most beautiful scene with glorious golden light, your DSLR is of little use now and the trusty phone that spends most of its time in your bag or pocket steps up to the mark and does a fine job of capturing the moment.
Same happened to me recently whilst watching a football match, Preston North End versus Ipswich at Deepdale, North End were losing by a goal and both managers were on the touchline and the most amazing golden light found its way through the corner of the ground and seem to project itself towards the dugout. Certainly inspired the home team and an equaliser was found.
Now I am very proud of that image and it totally epitomises what I’m trying to convey.
Taking it full circle, my good friend who has himself progressed from a novice shooter to someone who has the eye and always tries to create beautiful work. It really makes me smile hearing him pass on 'his' words of wisdom when he gets asked the same question he asked me all those years ago.