Does Your Equipment Matter in Photography?

Relating to photography, does equipment matter? Can a photographer still gain a decent photo whether he or she uses a  DLSR or camera phone?

In past interviews, I asked three professional photographers this question.

Marcus Adkins: “Depending on what you are photographing, the right equipment makes things go smoother.”

Sunset

Photo by Marcus Adkins

Robert Milward: “Yes and no. I have seen some of the most amazing photos shot with the cheapest cameras imaginable. However, I do feel strongly the glass is the key to great digital photography outside of the photographer’s creative instincts and knowledge.”

Band onstage.

Photo by Robert Milward

Alexia Adana: “Yes and no. It depends on what you are shooting and how far you want to go. There are some successful photographers who only shoot on film with no external lighting. There are others who own a studio with thousands of dollars of equipment. But they are probably shooting completely different things.

When someone is starting out as a photographer, it’s important to not feel like you have to buy all the expensive shiny stuff. It’s an industry where you should probably get cheap stuff first, experiment with it and be really comfortable with what you’re doing. Next, if you really feel like you need something with more punch to deliver what you want, THEN go and get it.”

Guy blowing smoke

Photo by Alexia Adana

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