I do not typically believe that what camera equipment you use, makes you a photographer, or makes the photograph. BUT, in all honesty, it actually does…TO A POINT.
Going out and buying an expensive camera, a lens or two, and some backdrops doesn’t make you a photographer or even good for that matter. You can stand, sit, lie down, and take photos all day long, but until you learn your equipment and know what all of the settings mean and how everything works, you’re not going to get any real results. Otherwise, you’re gonna be known as the dreaded “Fauxtographer”.
We can all admit that we have been one in our time span of being a photographer; overly edited photos, crazy angles, and unflattering poses. Yeah…..we’ve done that, sadly enough. I was always limited with the equipment that I had. I’ve always shot with a cropped sensor and yes, that does hold me back a little bit, but honestly, it suits me fine and gets the job that I need/want DONE. But before, I was shooting with kit lens that came with my first DSLR. Ya know…the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. It can get good results depending on what you’re shooting and the conditions. That’s all I was shooting with though and it was very limiting. But of course, the first time I got it, I thought I was as awesome as Ms. Jasmine Star or something, LOL.
Then I got my first prime lens. The 50mm f/1.8
I’m a Sony shooter. I know most of you out there are Canon or Nikon, but I’m definitely shooting outside of the box and I love it. My first DSLR was the Sony A230 DSLR. It was released many years ago and is now sadly discontinued from all Sony websites, but still shows up. This camera body is relatively small and at the time, it was perfect. My hands are small and it worked wonderfully, and still does! But the more I honed my skills, the more this camera body seemed to hold me back. The ISO performance wasn’t as great as I remember and the FPS weren’t that great either. But I always made it work. This camera will always be my baby (Oh gosh, Mariah Carey just popped into my head O.o) and I will keep it until I upgrade to a FF camera body 🙂
The Sony 50mm f/1.8 is absolutely amazing, especially for it’s price. I think I paid around $165 for it from B&H, so you could say that it was definitely worth the money. My first shot with the 50mm absolutely blew my mind. Like, I for real, stopped and went, WOW. It’s amazing how a constant aperture can change the way that you shoot and the quality of your photos. If you’re a Sony shooter, I highly recommend you purchasing this lens. It’s a great starter prime and it’s very inexpensive.
My next camera which is my holy grail of cameras (for now), is the Sony A580. It is also a cropped sensor, but by God, do I love this camera. The ISO capabilities are amazing, the FPS is higher, the build is AWESOME, AND I can actually have a grip on this camera body (Sony never made a grip for the A230). I absolutely cannot shoot without my A580 now and now that I have the grip, I will be unstoppable at weddings Bwahahah! LOL.
I purchased the 35mm f/1.8 because, as I read the reviews and saw NUMEROUS photos taken with this lens, it was also very inexpensive. I wanna say it was $220 from B&H . When I am not shooting weddings, I have this bad boy on my A580 at all times. It’s a wonderful portrait lens and isn’t so cropped that I find myself stepping back a few steps every single time I go to get a shot. The bokeh is as beautiful as the 50mm and it’s as light as a feather. GREAT pack-around lens, definitely recommend any beginners and amateur photographers to pick it up 🙂
The more that I shot weddings, the more that I found myself being too close to my bride and groom during the ceremony. I feel like I was just too close for comfort and it was taking away from the whole experience for the bride and groom as well as all of the guests at the ceremony. I kept my eyes on a certain lens, a zoom, as a matter of fact. But I was never able to purchase it because of the high price. The Tamron (for Sony) 70-200mm f/2.8 was what I had on my save up list. Heck, I even made a “Big lens” jar. NO JOKE. Once I was finally able to purchase this lens (because it was $700), I fell in love.
This lens is truly amazing. It was DEFINITELY worth every single penny that I spent on it. It may be a little big noisier than Sigma’s make of this lens, but the noise isn’t a problem to me. The bokeh and rich color that this lens gives takes my breath away. I keep this lens on my camera for most of my weddings and I tend to shoot most engagements and other portrait sessions with it as well. It’s so versatile and gives me the results that I love and I will never let it go. If you can dish out the cash for this lens, definitely get it. It’s one of the best investments that I’ve put in for my camera gear THUS far.
As far as what I carry everything in? I carry the JoTotes Rose Raspberry camera bag.
My gear list is very simple and I like it that way. The only other piece of equipment that I have (and actually use) is the Sony HVL-F58AM
Oh, and as far as being stuck? Yeah, I’m stuck in a rut right now. So, I sincerely apologize for the lack of blogging and posts up on the FB page. I am trying very hard to reach my goals for weddings and sessions in SC and so far, no prevail. But things will happen when they are suppose to 🙂 I just know it.
I hope you all have had a great week and have a great weekend! 🙂