Why Good Photography Isn’t About the Gear

With the release of the Nikon d800 and the Canon 5d mk3 many people will have no doubt begun checking their bank statements a bit more carefully and thinking about increasing that credit limit by a measly few thousand.

This got me thinking, how many bells and whistles do you actually need to take a great photograph anyway? Too many cameras are now available with enough fancy settings to give the geekiest of technology nerd’s nightmares.

Lets face it, these days 99% of photographs will never see printed paper, ending up on an innumerable amount of social networking sites, converting a large file from a full frame ultra mega pixel machine into web ready kilobytes and a pixelated 72dpi. Shooting poor images wont change from mobile to DSLR, your rubbish (and mine) will just be higher definition.

With this in mind I decided I would go out and shoot some landscapes with my girlfriend’s entry level and well-used Canon 1000d and its bog standard 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens. I figure as long as any camera can go fully manual in ‘M’ mode, I should be able to capture good images without having to resort to using the bell setting or even it’s whistle feature.

It’s nice to have new gear. My “new” camera is now a year old, and will no doubt soon be obsolete when Canon produces the 7D Mk II any day (joke!).

But the pertinent point here is whether new gear makes you a better photographer. Well, does it? Be honest now.

3 thoughts on “Why Good Photography Isn’t About the Gear

  1. I think that’s the key. If you begin to feel restricted by your gear, then it’s time to look at upgrading. In your case, you already have a brilliant eye for the image, and you’ve had your current camera for some time now. An upgrade to something bigger and better is right for you.If most people, though, never do more with their pics than upload them to Facebook or Flickr (ahem, me, for example!), then the extra megapixels probably aren’t really worth the effort.

  2. The gear doesn’t make you a better photographer, but it can make it easier. I’m also starting to find 10mp quite limiting now, especially after giving an image a square crop.

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