The More You’ve Spent On Photo Gear, The Less You’ll Like This Post
Dennis Smith

If you’re asking me what kind of a camera I use, you’re missing the point of my photography.

I think that’s a little unfair — while my favourite and most-used camera is currently my iPhone, I can’t pretend it can get all the shots I want.

When someone asks me what sort of camera I use, I think they’re really asking what sort of camera can get the shots I got without too much hassle (and, by extension, whether they have the sort of gear that can get shots like that). Which usually leads me to a discussion about the different types of camera (iPhone, point-and-shoot, DSLR, etc.) and their trade-offs, rather than specifics, which (again) is usually what they’re really asking. They know they can’t get that long-lens shot with an iPhone — but they typically don’t know what camera can get that shot.

My exposure settings aren’t relevant, since the sun angle, light and shadows are different every time anyone goes back to a place.

Similarly with this, I think. When someone asks me about exposure settings, I usually take it mean they’re asking about how I got those settings — did I just let the camera decide automatically, or did I use some sort of light meter (in-camera or external) and set it manually, or did I just wing it with an estimate based on experience? (I’m a lazy old sod so it’s mostly automatic unless I’m using the big guns). You’re right that the actual exposure specifics don’t matter, but for someone still learning, how you came to those specifics is useful information, and if you can turn the conversation that way, you’ve probably helped a bit.