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:
- Top 100 Photos Taken with an iPhone
- 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.
- 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!