Megapixel Rounding Error

Most photographers that I know are obsessed with equipment. Not just what’s in their own bag but also with what everyone else uses.

It comes with the territory.

We photographers love our gear, but we’re always looking over our shoulder. We’re hoping that the next wave of “revolutionary” tech will answer our prayers.

It rarely does because no matter what, it’s what’s in front of the camera that counts.

Announcements for new cameras have been coming at a deluge lately. The latest one from Fuji hit me like a ton of bricks. It’s taking all my strength to resist being first in line to buy one or two of these.

As I was contemplating the creative highs that the new camera will fly me to, I stumbled upon this portrait from 2003. It was captured with an 11-megapixel camera. If you’re keeping score, 11 megapixels is a rounding error in today’s professional photography world of image capture.

Looking at this photo reminded me that it’s easy to mismeasure what is really important.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies.