Southwest Florida Photographers, Englewood, Fl

Do You Need the Most Expensive Gear

When it comes to photography, there are a lot of people out there who think that you need the most expensive equipment to take great looking pictures.  If you are trying to be a professional and own a business, are you going to have to spend a little more money on equipment you need? Probably,  but do you NEED to take out a second mortgage just to pay for top of the line bodies and lenses? Probably not.  You stroll through the store and find cameras come in different sizes and different price ranges.  ” Oh this camera has 18 megapixel versus the less expensive 10 megapixels, it must be better because it cost more and has more megapixels” …The truth of the matter is that you don’t need the most expensive camera or lens to take great pictures or the highest megapixel count.  Photography has more to do with understanding light, basic fundamentals, and understanding the limitations of your camera, not to mention post production techniques.  First, make sure you know every little thing about your camera. Read your manual.  Do you know how to change your focus setting? ISO? Aperture speed? Shutter Speed? If all that sounds a little fuzzy to you, you might want to take some time and go through the manual and start learning what the buttons do.  After that,  do your research on light and how your camera interprets it to produce an image. Everything after that is just getting out there and practice!  I have seen amazing work shot on a Canon consumer line DSLR such as a Rebel with the kit lens that come with the camera.  So why do they even make top of the line products that are so expensive… For one, they are for professionals who make a living out of it.  More expensive cameras are often rugged ready for work.  When you are shooting a wedding every weekend, you’re going to want a more durable camera, but just remember.  It doesn’t mean that you can’t take nice images from your consumer line DSLR. A lot of the cameras up and down the line have very advanced image sensors that have the potential for beautiful images no matter what grade it is.  So don’t worry if you don’t have the “Best” camera.  If you’re just starting out, master the one you have first and decide to upgrade later if you feel like it, but chances are you have everything you need right now, to take an awesome picture.  Don’t let the equipment get in the way of your passion.  As long you have a camera, lens, and a memory card to store those images on, you’re ready to go!  Be sure to check out Photography Misconceptions for more info.  I’ll be posting tutorials on how to maximize what you already have in the future.  Happy shooting!