My first camera was a Kodak Brownie Starflash my parents gave me one Christmas back in the 1950's, and my first digital camera was a Sony Mavica FD-7 I bought in 1997. I have cameras just like them now and for fun I sometimes use them today to take photos.
Does it take the latest, greatest camera and accessories to make great photographs? No, but it helps. Advances in camera technology result in better photographs. I've heard someone say that the purpose of a camera is to not get in the way of making a photograph.
Over the years I've had a number of film cameras but I never really became enthused with film photography because film didn't suit my desire for instant results and more control over the process. With the introduction of consumer digital cameras in the mid-1990's my interest in photography resurfaced. Digital cameras allow me to instantly see my photos and be able to enhance the images on a computer to get the desired results in my "digital darkroom."
There are some who believe only film is the pure form of photography, and those of us who shoot with digital cameras aren't true photographers, especially since we freely admit we use computers to enhance our images. In reality, film photographers often do a great deal of manipulation to their negatives and prints to achieve the end results they desire.
To quote one photographer, Frank Jay: “Prior to Photoshop photographers burned, dodged, collaged, toned, bleached, hot processed, solarized, double, triple and quadruple exposed, cross processed, zoned, spotted, dyed, hand tinted, recopied sandwiched slides, etc. etc. etc. That was done by hand, now it is done on a computer. What difference does it make what is done or how it is done? All of it takes skill and vision. To each their own.”
In fact, I believe one of the best known film photographers of all time, the late Ansel Adams, would have embraced the new digital technology. "I eagerly await new concepts and processes. I believe that the electronic image will be the next major advance. Such systems will have their own inherent and inescapable structural characteristics, and the artist and functional practitioner will again strive to comprehend and control them." - Ansel Adams in the Introduction section of his book The Negative, March, 1981.
I freely embrace advances in technology that allow me to make photographs that are closer to what the human eye can see. In 2006 I became an early user of HDRI ("high dynamic range imaging") in which multiple exposures of a scene are made, and the results combined using software that produces an image with greater detail in the highlights and shadows than any current camera can produce in a single exposure. Many of the photographs on this website were made using that method.