Yes, you have read it right. When doing concert photography Gear matters! Compact cameras, bridge cameras, DSLR, crop cameras, full frame cameras, mirrorless cameras, zoom lens, prime lens, the list goes on and on. But I’m not going to talk about camera bodyies and lenses (surprised?). That really doesn’t matter, the best cam or lens are the ones that we have, we just have to learn how to use them and how to make the most out of them.
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It’s a debate that’s gone on for as long as photography has been around. Does the gear matter? Photographer Erik Wahlstrom wanted a definitive answer to this question, and enlisted the help of five well known photographers; Thomas Heaton, Christine Bartolucci, Alan Brock, Dan Bullman and Ben Horne.
Each of them provide their own answers to this question. And they do vary a bit, but they all seem to suggest the same thing. Yes, the gear matters. Although probably not for the reason you might think. It’s not about having the latest and greatest kit. It’s about having the gear that gives you the results you want.
The internet is a gold mine of information about cameras, lenses, and other photography equipment.
But there’s always a fair amount of BS circulating.
There are opinions masquerading as fact.
We’re constantly told to buy new gear… while also hearing that gear doesn’t matter.
So I’ve decided to lay out the truth about camera gear as I see it:
What if you had the same camera, lighting and subject matter as everyone else. A groundhog day for a photographer so to speak. If we all have the same gear what would make you different? “Imagine you had no way of visually showing someone any of your work, and they ask you to describe what you’re about, not your genre, but what is the essence of what you’re trying to achieve?” This quote from Katy Niker is something we should all think about and consider when pressing the shutter button. What is it that you’re trying to achieve beyond visuals?
Photographers invest a lot over the years. Not just in their gear, but also in their knowledge and skills of photography, retouching, marketing, and business. We all aim to make perfect photos, but Daniel DeArco shares an eye-opening video on this topic. He calls it “the photographer’s paradox” and he discusses whether you really need “perfect” photos every time and whether you really need to use all the gear you have. You can consider it an important lesson in marketing, and it will make you look at photography from a different perspective.
“Gear doesn’t matter.” You may agree with this statement or not, but it’s definitely the case if you have a good idea and an engaging story to tell with your photos or films. Sure, expensive gear can make the job easier, but what if you don’t have a high budget? Well, in that case – just shoot with what you have in your pockets – a smartphone.
Ryan Connolly of Film Riot gives you some guidelines how to shoot a high-quality video using nothing but your smartphone camera. He gives his own example of a very file-looking sketch he filmed with an iPhone, along with the advantages and challenges you’ll have with this approach.
I’m sure you’ve heard this plenty of times: “Gear doesn’t matter.” I am also one of the people who stand behind this point, and I believe it’s the photographer who makes the image, not the gear. But of course, the view on this matter can’t be either black or white. In some cases and for certain reasons, gear does matter.
This is the issue Marc Falzon from The Analog Process addresses in his video. As a response to Ted Forbes’ “Why Gear Doesn’t Matter” video, Marc discusses why it matters after all and why we can’t just say that it doesn’t.
For as long as I’ve been photographing, I’ve always had a soft spot for gear and the technical side of photography. In the beginning, I was obsessed with getting the best camera I could afford, which ironically was a refurbished entry-level Nikon DSLR – not exactly the pinnacle of camera technology at the time.
For the years following, I shot with Nikon DSLRs and these cameras are the ones that I first started my photography career with. At the time my needs for a camera were simple – good image quality. Most of my work was still travel photography but mainly posed portraiture, landscape work and the occasional ‘action’ shot. I didn’t care about weight or usability, in my mind DSLRs were the only way to do it.