1: You need professional gear to take professional looking images.
Digital cameras today are very sophisticated. I’m talking, very sophisticated. The low light capabilities of even the most entry level cameras are astounding and the sharpness and focusing speed of kit lenses are better than ever. For any up and coming photographers and weekend warriors alike who are looking to get superb images, rest assured that entry or midlevel camera gear is typically more than enough to capture incredible images.
Often there are even incredible lens options that are budget friendly which will help you achieve incredible depth of field and low light control.
Instead of thinking your gear needs to be professional level, take the time to learn how to actually use your gear. You’ll be surprised just how much it is capable of.
With that being said, are there still reasons to get more expensive pro level gear? Sure, if the entry level kits aren’t loaded with the particular features you need to get the job done. Features such as a fast enough frame rate, dual card slots, wireless flash triggering, wider apertures, etcetera…
2: You must shoot in full manual to get great pics.
While it is definitely true that full manual mode allows you more creative control over your images, the auto modes of the machine can give you some spectacular images. Learning how to find the right light and use it properly in your images, how to compose, and how to engage with your subjects will go a long way toward creating images that are awesome regardless of what mode you are using.
Having said that, I would still try to stay away from fully “green means go” automatic. There is an inherent problem with this mode. The camera simply does not know what you are taking an image of. It could be a portrait, a landscape, a wildlife shot, a sunset, or any other number of things, and if the camera doesn’t know what it is supposed to do then the settings could be way off.
If you are going to opt for an auto mode on your camera, definitely use the Scene selection modes. These are like full auto with the exception that you can tell the camera what style of image you are going for. For example, portrait mode will give a more shallow depth of field (blurrier background) while landscape mode will give a deeper depth of field (sharper background).
3: There’s no reason to edit. A good photographer will get it right in camera!
HA! Yeah, right. This is one I have heard more times than I can count. Too many people who are just getting into the world of photography truly believe that a good photographer doesn’t need to use editing. While this is great in theory, it is completely unrealistic in practice. There are far too many elements that go on in an image to be able to capture it all perfectly every time within the camera without having to take the images into a computer later for post-production work. Color saturation, dynamic range, sharpness, blemish control… these are all things that are most often applied or perfected in Photoshop and Lightroom.
And rest assured, any image you have seen in print from a pro photographer has been edited, often extensively.
So, don’t get completely caught up in the idea that everything you shoot must come out perfect or you’re not doing it right. That simply isn’t the case. Now, in many cased you do need to come close to what you are looking for in camera, because it is much easier to polish a photo that is a good starting point as opposed to trying to create something from nothing.
4: Your camera takes great pictures.
The biggest myth in the photography community.
Your camera is not the one responsible for creating great images. You are. The vision is yours. Your camera is simply the tool you use to make this vision a reality. You wouldn’t say your pots and pans cooked a delicious meal. They were simply tools you used to cook that meal. Take time to learn your camera, exposure, and other fundamental elements of photography and I assure you your camera will be the tools helping you create wonderful images.
There is a lot to be said about taking time to learn your camera and get most out of your gear. Here at Click with Photography we not only love capturing wonderful images, we also love helping people learn how to do it for themselves.