You’re a world-renowned chef working at one of the nicest restaurants in New York. You pour your heart and soul into your culinary creations, and it shows.
One night, while making the rounds of the dining room, a diner says to you, “Wow, this food tastes amazing! You must have some great pots and pans.”
Everyone knows it’s not the kitchen equipment that makes the chef.
Photographers hear this kind of thing all the time. Every so often, someone will say, “Woah, your camera takes great photos!”
Cameras are pretty advanced these days, but I’m fairly certain they don’t walk around deciding what to shoot and how to compose it for you.
Even the very best cameras, just like top-quality pots and pans, are merely tools. As a photographer, it’s your vision, your heart, your composition that come together to make a great photo.
Pro photographer and filmmaker Joe Sindorf shared this powerful analogy during his session at our Ultimate Photo Workshop today on equipment. Attendees were surprised that Joe wasn’t recommending they go out and drop $1,000s on top-of-the-line gear. Instead, he told us, it’s more important to get started today with whatever camera you have.
If you’re really in the market for something new, I like to say that you should buy the camera that you’ll carry. You know yourself, and you know how you like to travel. If you buy a big DSLR camera and a bunch of lenses… but you never use them, because you don’t like carrying all that weight… then what’s the point?
Mirrorless cameras, which are smaller and run at a lower cost than DSLRs, yet still have interchangeable lenses, take extremely high-quality images these days. My favorite two brands are Olympus and Fuji.
But don’t ever let your equipment be your excuse to wait another day to start. The more you shoot, the better photos you’ll take. That’s just how it works.
Whether you have a small point-and-shoot, a big fancy camera with all the bells and whistles, or even an iPhone, you can use what you have right now to get started creating saleable photographs.
As the pay-checks stack up, you can think about upgrading your equipment.
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