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Challenges and Limitations

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As a photographer sometimes we face challenges on set while we are shooting. Whether it be indoors or outdoors, it could be weather, lighting, wardrobe or even camera gear.

Now, to overcome these challenges sometimes we need to be quick on our feet and improvise.  Sometimes we just have to roll with the punches and somehow make it work. I personally enjoy the challenges that pop up from time to time because it keeps you thinking, keeps you sharp and pushes you outside your comfort zone which is great for growth as an artist and as a person. Now that’s not to say I don’t like when shoots go smoothly and come off without a hitch, those are my favourite kind of shoots for sure.

Sometimes the limitation of our gear presents a challenge although this is a challenge I really welcome. I am speaking about lenses in particular. As we know, different lenses have their weaknesses and strengths as some are more suitable types of photography while some aren’t so versatile.  Being a boudoir/portraiture/headshot photographer, I have my go-to lens, which happens to be a 50MM lens.

Currently it’s the only lens I have for my full frame camera so if I want to shoot with my full frame I have no choice but to accept the challenge and limitation of said lens. Sure I could shoot with my cropped sensor body and have multiple lens options but I like shooting with my full frame and frankly love the challenge of using my 50MM for boudoir shoots.

I find it helps me grow as a photographer by forcing me to think about my shots before I take them. I have to use different angles, really think about my lighting and use it the best way possible. I have to move around my subject more and get multiple shots out of one pose.

Now you should be doing that anyway but with a fixed lens (no zoom capability) you are left with no choice BUT to make it work. This is one of the challenges that I face every time I shoot but I love being challenged that way.

I find it’s constantly helping me grow and ALWAYS pushing me outside my comfort zone!

Full Frame vs Crop - Is It Worth It?

I myself have faced this dilemma before: on a few occasions in the past and always for whatever reason at the time have failed to pull the trigger and stuck with what I currently own which is a cropped sensor camera.

Well as of late, this query seems to have reared its head to me once again and like the previous occasions when this occurs I am unsure about what I should go with this time. For some reason it is playing on my mind more than usual. It’s like I have a little angel on one shoulder whispering in my ear to stick with what I currently own and shoot with. On the other shoulder I have a little devil yelling in my ear, telling me to man up and just take the leap once and for all, stop being so ambivalent about it already.

Now of course money is going to be one of the deciding factors involved in this internal struggle for most people, as I am most certainly sure it has been for countless other photographers that have dealt with this exact inner conflict. Weight and size are also factors to consider when deciding whether to make the jump. Full frame cameras are bigger and heavier so keep that in mind as a photographer when you are lugging around your gear. Yes the sensor on the full frame is bigger, back to the days of 35MM to be exact. It is also said that the full frame cameras are better in low light situations. These are just a few of the benefits of full frame as stated by many photographers who choose to shoot with this type of camera body.

I guess when it comes right down to it, in order to make the jump it has to be the right fit for the type of images you are shooting as well as the right decision for your pocketbook. Do your research and make an informed decision. Only you can decide what’s right for you. At the end of the day, it’s YOUR work, YOUR images that are going to get you the gig, NOT the gear you own.

Image courtesy of cplc.ca