Photography is always perceived to be expensive. While it’s not entirely true, yes there are skyrocket price tag for some camera and lenses. However, you have to understand that in photography, the quality always speaks its price. I think that the decision to buy the expensive ones is critical in your journey in photography.
There is always the question of whether to buy and entry level camera and lenses or to go with the mid level set. There’s always the option to buy pro level equipments if money is not an issue. But if you’re starting up in photography, no matter if you choose to buy the entry level or the pro cameras, your output will almost always be the same.
The pro camera being expensive has features that are made for professional to be able for them to do their work more efficiently and effectively. By efficiently, I’m referring to the speed and quick functions for you to take your shots in split seconds. Effectively is more on the reliability issue.
All entry level camera with kit lenses is capable of getting really good images. Maybe not as good as the pro ones but the difference is not that much. The difference even becomes indiscernible when viewed by untrained eye. What’s surprising is majority of the people not involved in photography can’t tell the difference. That includes the client.
I’d encourage newbies to spend more time in putting yourself out there and challenge yourself to shoot better photo every time you go out. Getting a better camera won’t make you a better photographer, maybe it will make you more cooler to look at but yah, only to those who knows about camera.
I started buying the more expensive equipments when my entry-level equipments started to fail me during my paid shoots. When you start to bill your client, there’s responsibility and obligation that comes with the service. Your entry-level equipment will work most of the time but the moment it fails, you’ll miss your shot that the client wants and that’s not being professional.
One time, I was tasked to shoot a VIP and I was just given 5 minutes to take my shot. Of course I arrived early to setup my lights and find the right angle before the VIP steps in. I even planned the shoot days before. Everything was in place until the client steps into the set and my remote strobes went crazy.
I have to troubleshoot the problem while the client waits. Pressured with time, I was able to solve the problem. It was caused by the entry level wireless sync that I still use back then. I was left with a minute to shoot and I didn’t like the idea of facing the same situation in the my future shoots.
This is when you get the most out of the expensive equipments. It’s reliable and gives you a smoother performance. It’s made to do a lot of work day in and day out. Something that will protect your reputation as a professional photographer.
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Text and photos by Albert Pedrosa