Lets talk gear

Lets talk about gear and what you need. And I will keep it short. Not because I don't want to write it (I tried but my internet crashed & I lost my blog). But because I realizedI can keep it really short:

Invest wisely.

Do you really need an xxx-amount of megapixel when you shoot automatically and you want to put 300 dpi superquality images on the internet? Do you have clients paying you for your work? Do you have this as a professional job? Do you really need that piece of equipment? Have you ever tried everything you can do with a camera? Does it matter when you only post your work online and you put it in 72 dpi and it gets decompressed?

Get real

If you don't know on your feelings how aperture and exposure work hand in hand and you don't need to look longer then 30 seconds what your settings are; you aren't ready yet. Maybe thats a bit bluntly said and not always true as sometimes I still struggle, but there is this "feel" you get when you know your gear and what its capable off. Thats called "practice".

Having an epic pro big ass camera won't make you better

Really. It doesn't. I have a brand new 5D mark III because I didn't want to borrow an old camera from a friend anymore because my very old 5D mark I broke down out of 4 years of intense (ab)use. That and I'm now working for clients requiring the best quality possible I cannot show up with a half-ass-broken camera like my poor Mark I.

In some cases having a certain camera gives better technical quality, sure. But if you're just in the game for the fun of it and don't intend to go pro (right away) .... invest in lenses first. In fact, always invest in that first! Its still cheaper and it REALLY does make a difference!

Study

Learn working with a camera. For real. It will make you a better photographer. Not having an epic camera on automatic. Your vision, your intellectual skills, your creativity, your technical knowledge and a good challenge and lots of practice will. Always remember that.

My route took me to 6 or 7 cameras in the nine years I've been doing it, off which just 4 where cameras I got as a present/borrowed them from friends, one was from my parents (which they bought because I studied photography .. My sister has it now) and two I bought myself: the second hand 5D mark I & now my 5D mark III. Those last two happened because I knew this was going to be my job. That happened in the last 4 years.

So chill. There is more to it then your megapixels. And more to it then technical knowledge. And more then experience. A photographer is good in my opinion when the whole pool of technical aspects, knowledge, vision, creativity, extra gear, ... and so much more all comes together and you are struggling to understand how it all works and you just go for it and make it work no matter what. Its like cooking. Nothing more, nothing less. You can have all the spices in the world & still **** up. Or you can make the best dish ever. Or have a first taste of what you can & try it so often it works out at one point.


This is MY opinion. I'm not a technical person and I'm fine by that. My cameras have always been great for the level I had as person and artist and I got far with just "simple" set-ups. And I will continue to do so because thats what I believe in. It doesn't mean I don't want to be technically challenged or so no to trying out new gear. But I know what I can because no matter the camera you give me ... I will try to make it work somehow. Its the reason I'm picking up analog again. I love the imperfections of the final image and knowing I was able to do it all technically anyway without over or underexposing my film. Its the good kinda challenge.

Go shoot now & have fun. Thats what it should be about! Or fix that deadline for your client(s). Enough to do that isn't comparing your gear to what's "new" in the game.