As for anyone who is into photography, or anything really that interests them, I tend to read a lot on the subject. I read quite a few photography blogs, whether it is for product reviews or just to see what kinds of pictures that they have been taking lately. Whenever the topic of new gear comes up they all say the same thing: “Having the latest/best gear won’t make you a better photographer. Work with what you have and be satisfied with that.” I agree to a point but I have my own ideas on the subject.
This shot was taken with my Canon S110 point and shoot. I liked this shot then and I still like this shot. I believe this was taken in the Times Square station. You have the woman selling churros and the man begging for money/food right across from her and the people hurrying by, ignoring them both. I really like how the crowd is just a faceless blur except for the woman in the back in the red scarf. Is it my greatest picture? No. Do I like it? Yes, I do.
Here is another picture that was taken with my Canon S110. I liked it so much that I used it on my website. It is much sharper than the previous picture but of course it helped that this was taken outside in decent light. Both of these pictures are decent but let’s take a look at the Sony DSC RX100III that I am currently using.
I really like this picture. My aunt also likes it and she actually asked me to print it out for her which was very flattering to me. I absolutely love the Sony RX100III. I love how sharp the pictures are. I know that sharpness isn’t everything but it’s just something that I’d like to have happen more often than not. When I’m out taking pictures of street art or when I just don’t want to carry a DSLR, the Sony is always a fantastic choice. I think it takes much sharper pictures than the Canon which is why I upgraded to that camera and gave the Canon to my mother.
This picture was taken at a Target in Brooklyn on Flatbush Avenue. It was one of those times when I was so glad that I always have some kind of camera on me. Since the woman wasn’t moving it did a very good job at capturing the scene and having everything be nicely in focus. I don’t like using the RX100III, or any point and shoot, for street photography. Some people use it, love it and do a fantastic job with it, but I personally prefer using my 5D Mark III or the next camera we’ll talk about, the T4i when photographing moving subjects.
This was taken with the Canon T4i. I have been using DSLR’s since around 2005. Even though I would sometimes use a point and shoot, I’ve always owned a DSLR. I don’t have any logical reason, just personal preference. I have always used what is considered “entry level” DSLR’s, mainly because the higher end cameras come with a hefty price tag. I loved using the Canon T4i. I’ve always been a Canon girl. I used Nikon for a brief period but was never really happy with it. I also always used the kit lenses (oh, I know. The horror. Haha.) I like this shot because I like how the light and shadows dance across her face, especially when it shines through her hat.
This was taken last summer in Central Park when Esther and her friend Chantal came for a visit. My kit lens was also a zoom lens. Until Wayne recommended the 85mm f/1.8 lens to me, I had always used zoom lenses and never felt the need for a prime lens. I figured that one lens did the job just as well as the other so why spend extra money. (My mother would laugh if she saw that line. My fascination with cameras makes her shake her head every time she sees me even looking at a new camera.) I like this picture. Reasonable sharpness, nice bokeh, interesting (in my opinion) people. However, let’s move on to the Canon 5D Mark III, my current love.
This was taken this summer at Washington Square Park. On a side note, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, I’d kind of prefer the summer right now. All the snow that we got here in NYC this weekend really put a damper on my weekend plans to take pictures. Okay, back to the picture. This was taken with my trusty 5D Mark III and 85mm f/1.8 lens. I was just about to leave when this show started up so I quickly walked to where they were dancing and made sure to get a prime picture taking spot. Getting a clear shot of moving subjects is always difficult but the camera lens combination I had that day worked excellently in my opinion.
This is one of my favorite pictures that I’ve ever taken with any camera. This man just looks so cool sitting there, balanced on his motorcycle. I was half expecting some gorgeous model type woman to join him and they’d put on their helmets and drive away. He wasn’t moving when I took this picture but I was. I was just crossing the street by Union Square and even though I had the light to walk, there were a lot of people behind me who weren’t going to stop just because I did, so I had to take this picture as I was walking. Since I only had one chance to get it right I was so happy when I saw it on the computer later, in focus and with nothing cut off, like part of his hair or whatever.
So what does all of this rambling have to do with the topic at hand? Look back at the different pictures taken with different cameras and lenses. Point and shoot vs. point and shoot. Point and shoot vs. DSLR. Kit lens vs. prime lens. etc. It is true that it has more to do with the skill of the photographer than how great a camera supposedly is, but it is also silly to act like all cameras are the same when they obviously are not. It is absolutely true that cameras do not make you a better photographer but for me, what a new camera did was increase my interest in photography. I found myself going out even more than usual and taking more pictures than usual. I was so excited to try out my new “toy” and see how it handled in different conditions, low light, sharpness, moving subjects and so on. So while I have no illusions that the next new thing will make me a better photographer, I will acknowledge that it will make me even more passionate about photography.