What type of cameras can we use for photography?

What to look for when buying a camera for photography

Iu2019m frankly tired of the u2018itu2019s not the camera, itu2019s the photographeru2019 trope constantly making itu2019s way around the community.

Itu2019s both.

,As a full time photographer in NYC that just returned from a 4 day assignment that took me to capitol hill; in reference to brand, make, and model, in the world of professional photography, they absolutely do matter.

,As far as the type of camera you need to be a professional photographer, you need the best one you can afford.

And you use it to get paid work.

After awhile, your rates raise, the volume of hires increases, and you get a better one.

Then after awhile, history repeats itself with your rates and your hires and you get one thatu2019s better than that.

And you continue doing this until you have a hasselblad.

Or have died.

One of the two.

,This whole u2018the camera doesnu2019t matteru2019 thing constantly bleated around the community is something Iu2019m so unbelievably tired of hearing.

The top professionals use the best gear they can afford, and thatu2019s that.

You donu2019t see nat geo photographers tromping around south american rain forests with D3200u2019s because they figured itu2019d help them save some money because theyu2019ve u2018so much artistry in their craft and are like u2018just give me some paper, a pinhole, and some sun, and Iu2019ll expose you a pulitzeru2019.

I donu2019t really care how awesome you are at photography, an ISO ceiling is an ISO ceiling and thatu2019s that and youu2019re restricted by the technical limitations of the camera body youu2019re tethered to.

,Top tier professionals use top tier gear and the two marry each other to produce the best images.

This is a truism not just in photography but in each and every occupation and people use the absolute best equipment they can get their hands on in each and every field they are in.

,People that tell you otherwise are just over-validating themselves.

,If youu2019re thinking of doing things on a professional level, Iu2019d immediately start off full frame.

You can pick up a Nikon D610 for around a grand these days and, if you look with a moderate amount of effort, for a hundred to two more can get a D750.

Iu2019m not as familiar with the canon line but the two manufacturers as an entry level professional should probably be the defacto starting point, if anything because their systems are so large and because lenses/components/parts are going to be the easiest to get wherever you may be.

,Photography often involves travel and in the lesser metropolitan areas, you may not be in such luck to find a last minute batter charger made for say, Pentax.

,The reason I say go full frame is because at this point there isnu2019t going to be a huge cost difference between that and cropped sensor and because full frame,Typically yields a better image quality (switching from ASP-C to full frame was revelatory),Will be more versatile in low light conditions.

,Additionally, you probably wonu2019t specialize in much when you first start doing professional photography, and so having a cam thatu2019s going to allow you to perform in a myriad set of conditions is also going to be useful (once again, I reference low-light).

,Also, one area that many burgeoning photographers neglect is lighting.

Going into a portrait shoot, Iu2019d much rather have a $500 camera and $10k worth of lighting, as opposed to a $50k camera and $100 worth of lighting.

,Invest in a cheap speedlight off of ebay, with a shoot through umbrella and an inexpensive sync kit and youu2019ll already be light years ahead of many of the competitors currently in your bracket.

My feeling is that many people that start off as budding photogs flounder around as natural light photographers for an incredibly long time, producing unremarkable images, before eventually burning out and giving up.

In the event you start off with off camera lighting, youu2019ll have already skipped a dozen grades going into the profession.

,Get the best camera you can afford.

Donu2019t buy cheap crap and think to yourself u2018according to the internet, it has nothing to do with this cheaply invested little thing in my hands.

Iu2019ll just sit atop a mountain for a few days and do yoga, meditate, chant the word u2018omu2019 a lot, and develop a set of skills thatu2019ll sync myself with nature, allow me to to transcend my camera body, and allow me to be the heir apparent to the word artist and all the baggage it entails.

u2019 Maybe you will.

But probably you wonu2019t.

,Buy the absolute best camera you can afford.

And thatu2019s that.

Because it does make a difference.

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