The Desire For New Things

    © Tina Leggio, Union Square, NYC, September 27, 2015
    © Tina Leggio, Union Square, NYC, September 27, 2015

     

    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.

     

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    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.

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    © Tina Leggio, Lower East Side, NYC, October 9, 2015
    © Tina Leggio, Lower East Side, NYC, October 9, 2015

     

     

    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.

    © Tina Leggio, Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, September 2015
    © Tina Leggio, Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, September 2015

     

    City Hall, NYC 2014
    City Hall, NYC 2014

    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.

     

    NYC 2014
    NYC 2014

     

    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.

    © Tina Leggio, Washington Square Park, NYC, September 2015
    © Tina Leggio, Washington Square Park, NYC, September 2015

     

    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.

    © Tina Leggio, Union Square, NYC, September 27, 2015
    © Tina Leggio, Union Square, NYC, September 27, 2015

     

    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.

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    6 Comments

    1. Just Ard | | Reply

      I fully agree with your view Tina. The camera won’t make you a better photographer, but the side effect of getting a new camera is that you want to get out and use it.

      Saying that, try using your first point and shoot to get the fantastic bokeh you get with a f1.8 lens attached to a DSLR. I suppose it all depends what you are out to shoot, and to what level of quality and sharpness you are happy to achieve.

      • Tina | | Reply

        It’s funny because when I had the Canon S110 I couldn’t shut up about the picture and video quality. Then I started playing around with the Sony RX100III and I started seeing big difference in terms of sharpness. We all have our vices, right? Mine is cameras. I can be pretty loyal to whatever camera I have but I do like to try out different cameras at the store from time to time.

    2. Mister G.C. | | Reply

      Great write up Tina.

      I’m of the same opinion when you say what ever camera or lens you have will not make you better photographer.
      The way I look at it is that if William Shakespeare had a nice fine roller ballpoint pen at his disposal he would probably have enjoyed writing his plays more than he did than writing them with a quill and ink. He would still have a play at the end of the day play but the writing may have looked better and I’m sure it would have been a fun experience for him.

      So there is absolutely nothing wrong in buying & trying new gear…which is handy, because I just sold my wide angle lens this weekend on eBay and that money will be going towards the 85mm 1.8G that I want to have a play with :0)

      On the subject of point & shoot vs DSLR’s you just have to have a look at one of my recent upload images on flickr ‘What’s the Weather Like?’ ,taken with my Panasonic TZ30, to see that it doesn’t matter what camera you used. This has been one of my most successful images when it comes to faves & comments. It has blown nearly all of my Nikon & Sony shots out of the water….pardon the pun.

      • Tina | | Reply

        I like your analogy. It’s not so much the end result but how much you enjoy the process. That’s what getting a new camera is like for me. I don’t need to get every new camera when it comes out (or at all for that matter) but it’s just so much fun having something new every now and again. Some of my favorite shots were taken with my old point and shoot but it is definitely more enjoyable to photograph things with my Sony point and shoot or my Canon Mark III.

        I can’t wait to see the pictures you take hen you get the 85mm lens. It’s my favorite lens and I can’t thank Wayne enough for recommending it.

    3. Esther | | Reply

      Very good post, Tina, and I totally agree with you too. A new camera can increase the pleasure of the photographer, and it can give better pictures, just because the photographer becomes more inspired.
      It can also change the way you take pictures, and your style : a wide angle lens or a tele lens give of course different results.
      I think what is important is to know perfectly what the camera (and the lens) is capable of. And what you can shot with. Obvious but true !

      • Tina | | Reply

        Sometimes it’s good to get a new camera just for a change. It’s like getting something new for your house. A new rug or a new dining set. It doesn’t make your house better, just different.

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