OMG I Love Your Photos! What Camera Do You Use?

Alright y'all. Enough with this question. Honestly, it's offensive and degrades our work. Let's clear some things up. 

My camera is not what is doing the work that results in these amazing photos. Ok yeah, of course it's doing some of the work, but it's not about the camera. It's about the user. You could buy the most expensive, newest, top of the line photographer and not be satisfied because you don't know how to utilize your camera to it's maximum potential.  

With that, I personally use Nikon. It's what I know the most about. My mother had a Nikon when she shot film. I am by no means a brand snob though. I have worked with Canon and Olympus. And that's just camera brands. There are many more and there are different brands when it comes to lenses as well. So when I get the question, "I want to get into photography, what camera do I buy?" I can't really answer that for you. It's all about what you are hoping to get out of it. I can make certain recommendations, but honestly, I'll probably wind up looking something up on Google just like you. It takes research to figure out what camera is going to work for you personally. Comparing and contrasting and reading reviews. And again, that's just the camera body. There are so so so many different kinds of lenses out there and again, what you buy depends on what you're using them for. I personally think there is a bit more snobbish behavior surrounding lenses than cameras. There's just endless factors. The focal length (zoom vs prime), the aperture and F stop, the sensor size (DX vs FX), autofocus vs manual focus, the noise they create, and the glass they're made with. Seriously, there is so much research to do, and it's all about what you want to be able to do. 

Now if I haven't already overloaded you with all the variables when it comes to choosing a camera and lenses, there is a whole other field of photography that can make an impact. That, is editing. You can do amazing things with photos in post. But, you cannot fix everything. So it is still very important to know how to use your camera and all it's settings. And I cannot emphasize enough how important lighting is. Lighting is key! For example, if you're into natural light like me you could love a certain area, but you have to watch where you're standing and where whatever you're photographing is and everything in relation to where the sun is. It could turn into a silhouette shot or have funny shadows across it. Of course, sometimes you're going for that kind of shot. It's a learning process. I'm learning new things all the time. Learning through experience and learning through other photographers. 

I branched off a little. Editing. You can make a big difference in your photos depending on how you edit. Personally, I'm trying to enhance my skill so that I don't have to edit as much, just make minor adjustments here and there such as contrast and brightness. But you can do so much more when it comes to editing, which can completely change the vibe of your photo depending on what you do. I can't really describe it. But photography is just so much more than buying a camera, pointing it at something, and pushing a button. It's having the knowledge of what will make that photo look good, knowing how to utilize your equipment, and knowing how to enhance your image naturally. It is a subject that needs to be endlessly studied and practiced. Buying a DSLR does not a photographer make. And neither does portrait mode on your iPhone. 

Hannah Klaver