Does it really matter how much is your camera if the moment in front of it is priceless?
On the start of my career of wedding photographer some people used to asked me what camera I use? This question was a bit weird for me…Why they didn’t ask me to show my works instead of checking the equipment I use?
I think, many of beginners in photography have heard something like: “Nice pictures you made for me. You have a really good camera…” It’s like a slap in the face, to hear this, instead of “Thank you for good images”.
We have a joke about this phenomena in Ukraine. One of our national dishes is “Borsch” – a soup made of meat and beet. So the joke is about when someone says to a photographer: “Your pictures are so beautiful, you might have professional and very expensive camera…” The photographer will answer, that it’s the same if someone will try your “Borsch”and say: “your “Borsch” is so yummy, you might have expensive professional stewpots to cook it… ” The moral of this joke is: do people really think that all the magic comes from the price of your equipment? What about the talent? Skills? Experience to make something wonderful with the help of ordinary tools?
Sure, I have to admit speaking about expensive cameras, it is way more easy to make a normal photo with upgraded pricy cameras, but it’s also possible to do the masterpiece with cheaper and older equipment… you just need to try a bit more, need to have some skills and experience of how to set up the shutter speed, auto-balance, ISO, aperture, etc…
Many of successful photographers make photos with their old cheap cameras, cell-phones… On the other hand you will find a lot of those who owns pretty expensive cameras with many of opportunities but use them in an “Auto” mode. If you are one of them welcome to read my blog post about some more settings of your DSLR camera.
I was hesitating of to buy a new camera or continue to use my old good Nikon D90. Of course this day will come when I’ll need to change it, but for now I could proudly say that this “granny” gives a lot of opportunities for me to make a perfect shot.
P.S. I was watching a movie about editor of the magazine who was talking with a photographer while he tried to make a photo of rare cheetah. The photographer noticed the animal through his camera with a zoom lens and asked editor to have a look on it. The editor was wondering why didn’t photographer make the photo of this rare animal, but showed it to him. Photographer answered: “Sometimes, it is important to make photos with your heart, not with your camera…”