Canon or Nikon?

Canon or Nikon?

NIKON, OBVIOUSLY.

TOTALLY KIDDING...calm down ;) I get asked this question all the time and it's a privilege to be able to say I actually work with a wide range of cameras and brands – and I love them all! But because I have a wide range of gear and often work in public places, I frequently have people come up to me, ask what gear I'm using, and then say something like this...

"If I only had the Canon 5D Mark IV/Nikon D810/etc my work would be so much better!"

But here's the thing...

...GEAR DOESN'T REALLY MATTER.

Now, obviously higher-end cameras are generally going to be better than lower-end models. For instance a Canon 5D Mark IV is overall going to outperform a Nikon D3300 and a Nikon D810 could walk in circles around a Canon T6i. But that's like asking if a Ferrari 458 is better than a Ford Focus...it's not really a fair comparison.

But here's the thing. If you're traveling with a small family through the muddy backroads to a campground? I'd take the Focus any day.

CASE IN POINT...

I had a photoshoot in Chicago yesterday afternoon. I brought my Nikon D750 with me and shot most of the day using that camera body. It's an amazing camera with incredible dynamic range and color reproduction – I love that thing. We had a great session and the photos were turning out fantastic. But then...

At the end of the day, we decided to wrap up our session on the rooftop of a local hotel (awesome, right?!). But here's the catch. They wouldn't let me bring my camera without a special permit...which I didn't have. So guess what I did?

I FINISHED THE SESSION WITH MY IPHONE.

Not even kidding. I set my phone to shoot in RAW and I finished up the session simply using my phone. I then imported those photos into Lightroom, did a few tweaks, and voila – I was able to keep consistency throughout the entire shoot even though one of my cameras was a high end DLSR with $1,500 lenses and one was my smartphone.

Get the point?

I shoot with some of the best DSLRs and lenses on the market right now. But sometimes the best camera is the one you carry in your pocket.

So if you're making excuses that your work isn't what you want it to be because you "just don't have the right gear"...stop. Buying a Steinway Grand Piano won't make you a better pianist...only practice can do that. Quit telling yourself you just need one more piece of gear to make your photos great...and just put in the time and get better.

Similarly, if you're in the market for a camera, don't get bogged down by the sheer volume of brands, models, and the small differences in spec sheets. Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, etc...these are all great brands – find one that works for you (and one that can grow with you!) and jump in.

And finally...if you simply don't have the money to buy any camera at all right now but you have a smartphone, you're in luck – I heard this one photographer just did part of a shoot in Chicago with just his iPhone ;)

NOW, GO FIND SOME ROOFTOPS.