Whenever someone asks me: What’s better, Nikon or Canon, I always say “Who gives a fuck, just take photos.”
That’s not true. I used to say, “Well, the important thing, really, is that the camera feels good in your hands and that you enjoy playing with it. You should go to a camera shop and hold a few and see how it feels and then blahh blahh nicities blah.”
But I am not as nice as I used to be (in exchange for massive tragedy, I got a brutal sense of humor) so here’s what I’ve got to say about cameras and equipment in general:
Technology is fun to play with, and I love my camera and my lenses and flash and everything I fuck into my fantastic camera specialty coated in fabulous fucking camera securing fabric that is somehow waterproof and that can cart an astounding amount of equipment around of which I will only use generally two to three items per shoot.
But still. The most important thing is taking photos. Really. It’s taking photos. That’s it.
And I say this and people whine to me “Yeah, but what do I BUY?”
I guess people expect me to have an Opinion, because I’m a photographer and because they see me pet my equipment like it’s a kitten. But I don’t really care what you buy. I only care what you make.
Yes, if you and a photographer of equal skill and taste are taking photos of the same freakin’ thing and that “in-all-things-equal photographer” has better equipment than you do, yes, their photos will be better. But who is this magical totally-like-you-freak twin from a fucking alternate universe where the only difference is that they have better equipment? I have no idea. I don’t think they exist.
The thing that makes you good is developing your vision and your style and getting out there and figuring what you like to photograph, and more importantly, what you want to say to the world and what you want to show and how you want to show it. You can only really do that by taking photos. If buying top of the line stuff, you know, gets you hard and makes you take more photos, then do that. But if your cellphone already has a camera I say just use that and start doing it.
Get whatever you like and can afford and sure, fine, do research if you must and figure out what looks good but if you are just starting to take photos, I say, just buy something easy to carry and get started. And when you figure out who you are and what you have to say, you’ll KNOW what you need to fulfill your plans and vision.
And people are always like “Yeah, yeah, whatever.”
But I know a photographer who takes better pictures than anyone I’ve ever met with his iPhone. Not because the iPhone is a better camera, but because he is a genius whose talent, if caged-matched with my talent, would RUIN me. Because it’s the person standing behind the camera that matters. What I’m saying is: The person that matters, that will always matter, is YOU.
One of my friends made a camera out of a Quaker Oats container. She took great photos with that. Maybe you should start there.