It's not the size....

19th August 2014
"It's not the size that matters!" is one saying, but the one I get most often is "You must have a really good camera to get shots like that."

People mean well when they say that... but to quote another photography magazine... would you have a meal made by say Gordon Ramsay and say... "You must have a really good grill and oven to make a dish that good.".

Now , I have to admit, I hold my hands up in shame that sometimes in the past at weddings I have bolted on my very seldom used battery grip to my Canon 5D Mkiii just to make it look bigger.
So people see this big bit of kit and think "He must be good."

But then these days I have far more fun walking around a wedding with my wee Fuji X100 and giggling at the stares from folk as I use it to get some of the wedding portfolio.
I let all the uncles and cousins with their Nikons & Canons and accompanying straps take the limelight.

Don't get me wrong, the X100 wasn't cheap. It has a fixed lens (no zoom) and I shoot it almost always in manual exposure but it gives marvelous photos.

But so do many other cheaper cameras. I still shoot film as a hobby, I've used a various Canon models... 450D, 50D, 5D MkII and the 5D MkIII.
(I'm not a Canon nut either, I don't buy in at all to the which is better Nikon or Canon. I'd switch to Nikon today to give it a whirl if someone totally swapped my gear over).

I use the 5D III as a daily business camera just now as it is VERY rugged, weather proof, shoots dual cards and many other features that make it like a bit of insurance at a wedding.
The photo quality is good, but all those other features are just as - or more important than it's sensor and lenses.

I'd quite happily go to a wedding with a basic bit of kit, but I'd want 3 of them at least in case of dropping, banging or just general failure.

During my landscape photography, the pictures are usually captured with the most basic and manual of settings. Theirs no need most of the time for fancy dancy auto focus, auto exposure, frames per second, full frame etc. I mostly sell landscape work up to 24x16" and a small sensor will do that ok. On canvas... up to 30" easy.

The aerial harbour photo that I've almost sold out of was taken with a fancy platform fair enough... the drone giving me the placement of the camera. But the framing, the lighting... all the photography basics were just the same as any other time.
It took a few attempts to get the right conditions... boats in the harbour, tide in, nice day, great lighting ... and the fog... wow , that was one pure ace bit of luck.
The camera on that machine btw, is the lowest quality digital camera I've used in around 10 years.

So what I'm saying is... enjoy photography if you want to, but don't obsess about the bigger faster bit of kit.
Once my pup Shambles is of walking age (2-3 weeks) I'll be out all the time with the poor wee thing and carrying my trusty A1 film camera with a roll of HP5 inside , or my Fuji X100 getting more landscape work in. Can't wait.


So to finish off my bit of life shattering blogging... a few examples... let me know your thoughts on high end vs basic kit.



G.x


Shot on film. Mostly with a 30 year old Canon A1.






Canon 450D digital, stock 18-55 kit lens





Canon 50D




Fuji X100



And with self timer...





G.x

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