I can’t tell you how many times I get phone calls from friends and amateur photographers that want to pick my brain about which camera they should upgrade to. My first question to them is, “Why?”
The usual response I get is that they want to take better photographs, which begs the question, “What do you mean by better?”
Too many people have the misconception that the camera determines the quality of the photograph, and in most cases, that’s not true at all. Oh sure, there are reasons why we need to eventually upgrade, but to a professional photographer, upgrading equipment is usually done for a very specific reason. A professional doesn’t upgrade their cameras to take better photographs, they upgrade because of wear and tear, or for specific new features in a newer camera. Not to take better photographs.
I can take my golf clubs out this weekend and quite predictably shoot over 100. Phil Mickelson can take my clubs out and probably shoot 30 strokes better. It’s not the golf clubs folks…it’s the golfer. It’s not the camera, it’s the photographer.
Does that mean that you’ll never take a great photo with your camera if you’re not a professional photographer? NO!
The difference between most amateurs and professionals in almost every profession is education and practice. Let me ask you this; Have you read your camera’s manual from cover to cover? Have you purchased a book specifically about your camera? Have you searched for, and watched all videos pertaining to your specific camera? Have you taken workshops to teach you HOW to take better photographs?
Is the answer is no to any of those, then your camera, unless it’s malfunctioning, really doesn’t suck. It’s most likely your lack of knowledge about all of the dial settings, menu items, custom settings, focus settings, meter settings, white balance settings, and on and on and on. Yes folks, all of those settings are there for a reason.
I can have you bring your “sucky” camera to me, and after a few setting adjustments, you can take the same great photograph as I can with my camera, side by side. And once you understand the settings, and how your camera “thinks,” you’ll be on your way to better photography.