How many times has a photographer taken a good picture and and someone says, “That is a great picture. You must have a really good camera. What kind is it?” What most people don’t realize is that the camera doesn’t make the picture, the photographer makes the picture.
If I had to start at the beginning of my photography journey again, I would do things differently. Hind sight is 20/20, right? Most of us photographers are also equipment junkies. I still have my Nikon N75 film camera and my Nikon D50. I just can’t seem to part with them. I love getting new toys though. When I was starting out, several photographers told me that you can do a lot with basic equipment. However, I didn’t want to listen. I wanted that new lens and that new filter! While you may have some limitations to the types of pictures you can take because of your equipment, you can still do a lot with the basics.
I currently shoot with a Nikon D3200, and while I am not going to get an amazing landscape shot or a picture of the Milky Way with this camera, it meets my needs for now. What I would tell someone who is just starting their photographic journey is to get to know your camera. Even iPhones can take great pictures if you know what you are doing with them.
If you want to spend money, invest is some classes or some good photography books. Get involved with a local photography group. If you can’t find one, start your own. You can even start a group online if you have to do so. Check with your local community college or your local art museum for classes. You can even take classes online if that is more your style.
The most important thing that will make you a better photographer is to practice. You won’t get any better unless you practice. Those New Balance tennis shoes don’t make you a marathon runner. Only training will do that. It is the same with your camera. That top of the line, full frame camera will not make you a better photographer, knowing your craft will!