Makina Magic

With a foundation rooted in photojournalism, it’s easy for me to see a camera as purely a tool.

Once I transitioned to the commercial world, my equipment inventory was all about capability and redundancy. My primary kit was a Hasselblad system which is great for production but hardly useful for stimulating magic.

When using film, there’s little latitude in a final look. The binary choice is black and white or color. From there it’s possible to alter the final result only a little bit.

When digital arrived, the equation changed. No longer is there an “either/or” choice. The digital files can look like anything under the sun or under the moon.

I’m not saying cameras don’t matter. This street session in Manhattan was created with a very small digital SLR that allowed me to be practically invisible. It was the perfect tool for a commercial assignment.

Even though I made a logical choice, seeing this video of a quirky camera from last century makes me wonder if a little magic might be missing from my inventory.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.