I think it’s safe to say that most photographers are a little sensitive when they get comments like “Wow that’s a great picture what kind of camera do you own.” It makes me chuckle a little when the most common question I get from other photographers is “Would you mind sharing what kind of camera and lens you use?” It seems like the industry is saying “it doesn’t matter” to the outside world but in reality we know it really does.
I’m not saying that anyone could purchase the Nikon D4 and immediately start putting out awe-inspiring photographs. But I will say this; I think we are kidding ourselves when we pretend like equipment doesn’t make a difference because in my opinion it makes a significant difference.
I used to shoot with an entry-level camera and I loved it. 75% of the time I could produce good photographs. But that other 25% of the time was driving me nuts. I didn’t want to be restricted to perfect lighting anymore. I was begging for more freedom.
If you are thinking about upgrading your equipment, here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Is my current camera limiting my creativity? If you feel like you are capable of more but your camera’s ISO capabilities are too low, or your autofocus is too slow investing in a full frame camera might be a good decision.
- I’m not feeling limited but what do I do if I feel like my images don’t stand out as much as I’d like? A new camera will give you more flexibility but if you are looking for sharper images, creamier bokeh, or more vibrant colors it might be time to invest in a new lens. Don’t cheat yourself here. Good lenses are sometimes expensive but they are worth the investment especially if you are photographing for income.
- I have a top of the line camera, and nice lens, but I still want more is there anything else? Yes. Sometimes we like to turn up our noses at artificial light. But when it’s used correctly you can get beautiful soft light that opens up a whole new world to you and your creativity.
Technical knowledge, creativity, and artistic vision can’t be purchased. Hopefully if you are already a photographer you’ve noticed those skills in yourself. An expensive camera won’t make you an amazing photographer but it will help you to improve on the beautiful abilities that you already have.
This article was written by Kristin Wilkerson, a Utah based photographer. You can find her on facebook.
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