Better Gear DOES NOT Make You A Better Photographer

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…never have truer words been spoken. This has been a constant debate and topic of discussion among photographers in forums and the like for years upon years. It’s a pointless argument/discussion because it’s neither the camera nor the lens that make the picture, it’s the photographer!

Over the years, I have often heard from many people: “oh I need to buy this expensive camera”, “that expensive lens” or “I can’t create the images I want to because I only have this shitty camera or this crappy lens”.  STOP with the excuses!  Nothing could be further from the truth. You absolutely DO NOT need expensive gear to create amazing images.

I wish I had the money to buy all the gear I wanted but I don’t and I don’t feel that is truly going to help me create better work. I suggest you start out with a relatively inexpensive camera and the kit lens that comes with it. Get to know the ins and outs of your camera.  Practice, practice and more practice with what you have. Master your camera.  Learn it inside out.

You can worry about better gear and spending more money later on once you have worked on and honed your craft.  Learn the basic principles of photography and master the camera you have.  So many people get caught up in spending a ton of money on gear when they are just starting out it and it really isn’t going to make you a better photographer nor is it necessary.

Only YOU have the ability to make YOU a better photographer. So get out there practice, learn and talk to other photographers who have been at this awhile. Take courses, get a mentor but MOST importantly get out there and shoot!

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.

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