Article by Scott Bourne

If you’re familiar with my work, you’ve heard me talk about the joke I make when someone sees my photos and exclaims, “You must have a nice camera.”

And yes I do. But I’ve NEVER said a nice camera is required to get a nice shot. In fact, most of the images made by the old masters were made on cameras we would consider sub-standard today. And yes, having the right tool can help. But it’s the eye that counts. Want some evidence?

Meet Harold Thompson. Harold is a long-time TWIP audience member. He sent me a link to some of his work with what he call’s a “real world” solution to the “what camera?” question.

Harold, like many people, is on a tight budget. He’s got “a bunch of kids and no bidget for all the neat camera gear out there.” So he acquired a used Canon A540 for $80. Combined with some Photoshop adjustments, the images he made using the inexpensive camera were very satisfying.

The photo at the top of this post is one such image.

To quote Harold, “You don’t have to have a $3000 rig to make a decent, well composed photo.

To see some more of Harold’s work, visit: