A photographer went to a socialite party in New York. As he entered the front door, the host said ‘I love your pictures – they’re wonderful; you must have a fantastic camera.’ He said nothing until dinner was finished, then: ‘That was a wonderful dinner; you must have a terrific stove.

It is a common misconception that having a better camera will help one take better photos, when in fact, it has very little to do with the camera.  My proof is in the following:

  1. Top 100 Photos Taken with an iPhone
  2. Do you know who Bobby Flay is?  If I were to invite you to a “grill-off” at my place against Bobby Flay and absolutely everything is going to be the same.  The grill, the food, the seasonings, etc., who is going to win?  Exactly, Bobby will.
  3. What if I were to keep everything the same, except for the grill.  I offer you the most state of the art grill known to man and leave Bobby Flay with a rinky dink charcoal grill, charcoal and no lighter fluid.  Ok, who is going to win now?  I will still put my $100 bill on Bobby, anyday!

Go For a Better Lens Before You Go For a Better Camera Body!

One night I was listening to the Jim Bohannon Show on the radio and the guest was a famous photographer, Peter Simon (brother of famous singer, Carly Simon).  If you have ever seen photos related to Rock-n-Roll, you have seen Peter Simon’s photography.  Without going on and on, he is a legend, simply put!  What really blew my mind was his take on the camera and lenses he uses.  He shoots with a middle of the road Canon body, however, he opts for the high end Canon lenses.  He also only has 2-3 lenses in his bag at any one time.  That is it.  No fancy flashes or lighting gear.  No wild filters.  A basic camera body and a couple GREAT lenses.

If this does not speak volumes to you, then you are missing the point!  I mean really missing the point!

Now, as I describe some of the gear I use, I will share the reasons why.

  • Are there circumstances that an external flash and a remote trigger will work wonders for you?  Sure!
  • What about a 10 Stop ND filter?  Sure!
  • Should you have a $10,000 – 600mm zoom lens?  If you are shooting NFL games, sure!
  • Can you spend $40 and shoot macro as good as spending $1,000 on a macro lens?  Sure!
  • Can you use Photoshop and a newer editing feature in lieu of a $400 Lee Big Stopper filter system?  Sure!