Do you need to upgrade to the latest Camera?

A post by: Katie McEnaneyPPCamera-envy is the bane of many photographers. Discussion forums are filled with talks about the benefits of the latest and best camera gear, and fill us with commercial-driven our societies the deep-seated need more, more, more! But do you really need to upgrade to the latest camera?/PIMG alt=”” src=”” width=”610″ height=”505″By portrait/wedding photographer/PPThis is really the question at the heart of most photography gear: what really matters? Is it the camera or the photographer?/PPYou know what you want to be the answer. When you show someone a favorite picture, look for the compliments and congratulations for yourself, not your equipment. You probably not post an album on Facebook hoping to get a “way to buy that new camera!” style of comment. If you compare yourself with a chef and use the analogy that no one would think to praise the frying pan for an excellent meal./PPBut still …/PPYou can see the photos of others and immediately start making excuses. “Oh, well, he has a 400 mm zoom lens” or “well, she has a full frame sensor,” and at the same time we ignore the years of training or the hours of planning that went into that shot or that set-up. You choose not to wake up early or stay up late and then wonder why your sunrise or sunset does not have the same pizzazz or in the punch as each other ‘s. You want to shoot fast and move, rather than stay around, observe, and find that ‘ decisive moment ‘./PPIMG class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-64809″ alt=”sunflowers, field, flowers, nature, clouds, storm, photography, CanonT1i” src=”” width=”600″ height=”400″/PPYou are the variable that matters. If you want to take better photos, there are unlimited steps you must take before you worry about upgrading to the latest and greatest. Think about the time and energy you to your photography. Are you really push your camera to its maximum potential?/PPMany of the benefits of the latest and greatest touted by newer model cameras are that are rarely used or abused by the vast majority of the owners of the camera. 61 compared to 9 possible focal points are not necessarily useful if you consistently the center point focus-and-combinations or used if you rarely use auto-focus or servo-focusing modes for moving subjects./PPIMG class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-64810″ alt=”water crown, splash, drip, drop, water photography” src=”” width=”600″ height=”400″/PPA faster frame rate of 6 compared to 3 frames per second is useful, perhaps, if you shoot a fast-moving subject as a bird in flight or children in a pool jump, but you not six (or even three) identical photos of a rock formation or a bouquet of flowers. Ask yourself how often you shoot in such a burst mode./PPYou should also think about the strengths and limitations of current lenses that you own. A fast prime lens can be a wide range of new shots and opportunities open up. If you do not at least have a 50 mm f/1.8 lens yet, then you should not even have started to the capabilities of your current camera body. Many photographers recommend placing your purchasing power in lenses, especially ones that you can keep and use down the line./PPFull disclosure, I shoot with a Canon T1i (500 d for the European system for naming), a camera that went on the market in early 2009 and has since been upgraded four additional times. On almost a year old, the current Canon T5i is probably due for an upgrade in the near future: the Canon T5 recently 12 February was announced. In many photography circles would be considered the T1i as an almost ‘ old ‘ digital model. It is also in the entry-level line of Canon DSLRs, with multiple layers of both cropped and full-frame sensor cameras above it. All photos in this post (with the exception of the pictures of cameras and gear) and my other articles on dPS, were taken with this camera./PPIMG class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-64811″ alt=”camera, canon, CanonT1i, T1i, photography, rebel, EOS, 500D” src=”” width=”600″ height=”400″/PPI will readily admit that there are trade offs and limitations on my camera. I know I have the very high ISO can not push without the introduction of significant sound in the final images. I know that my buffer will fill up quickly and then stall when I take a series of RAW photos in rapid succession. I know I can adjust my LCD screen or see myself while standing in front of the camera for a selfie. Has that ever negatively impacted a shot that I tried to take? Not often./PPI also know that I can wear and use it as a tripod shooting in low light. I know I can only switch to JPEG when I try to take a hasty series of photos. I know I can use signals from a test shot to find out how you can tweak a self-portrait and use a remote control to set the focus when I’m in the position. I know 15 MP can look good in web sizes as well as printed on canvas or aluminum and hung on my wall./PPWhat frustrates you about your current camera? Think about whether it is something that you could change if it is really a problem with your camera./PPIMG class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-64812″ alt=”Milky Way, silhouette, night, star photography, astrophotography, stars” src=”” width=”400″ height=”600″/PPAre you a regular camera-upgrader or are you shooting with an ‘ old ‘ digital camera as well? Share your constructive thoughts or a preview picture in the comments below./PPSTRONGSome other options for buying more things:/STRONG/P
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