These are a couple of my cameras, I won't bore you with all of the geeky details but you could say they are very good cameras, and I certainly think so.

Now forgive me if it seems as though I may be going off topic a little bit but I want you to imagine that you are sitting in a Michelin Starred fine dining restaurant. You have just finished the most amazing five course dinner you have ever had the pleasure of eating, so good  in fact that you are not even worried about what number might be at the bottom of the bill you are about to receive.

You spot the head chef walking past your table and feel so pleased with the meal you have had you decide to complement him on his work, so you turn to him and excitedly say;

"You Must Have a fantastic Oven"

I know what you are thinking and you are right, this scenario seems ridiculous! The chef clearly understands flavour, texture, the combination of elements and ingredients that go together to make a stunning dish. But as a photographer I am often told that I "must have a great camera", and indeed I do own a few such examples, but it is the ability to see a great picture and instinctively know exactly where to shoot it from that makes a great photograph.

Understanding the relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO is also a good idea, as well as a grasp on the geometry of an image and the optimum placement of subject matter to create a pleasing composition.

Your friend, colleague, or relative may offer to shoot your wedding for you as they "have a good camera" but please make sure that they really do know how to use it, as you only get one chance at your wedding day and as I have said here I believe that it is the most important thing to consider when planning a wedding.

*NB - I also have a pretty good oven and do a mean Italian Pork Escalope with capers and roasted sweet pepper, but in no way claim to be Marcus Wareing!