Image By Katelyn James
In college, I shot for the newspaper and briefly worked on campus for an organization called Technology and Design; We photographed head shots, and events for other organizations. I remember getting SO FLUSTERED about the equipment that I didn’t have. I looked at all the other photographers and envied them. I thought A BETTER CAMERA TAKES BETTER PICTURES. I didn’t realize it at the time and was so hung up on having the best that I forgot what photography was all about, what my job was all about; Documenting the moment and creating lasting images that bring joy to others.
Over and over my boss and amazing mentor- Frank Ameka continued to tell me, “Nicki, its not about the camera its the eye behind it”. Sure there are amazing lenses and awesome cameras but YOU are the one taking the picture”. Unfortunately, it took me a while to get past my stubborn ways and really process the truth behind what he said.
Having a great piece of glass, or if you are a Canon shooter, “The L Series” is absolutely AMAZING and so great for shooting. Although when it comes down to it, the camera isn’t taking the images, YOU ARE. It’s not about having the BEST but becoming the best shooter possible; Learning your camera inside and out. Even sitting down and reading the manual from front to back. You think you are good with a camera until you read the manual and you are like, “Whoa”.
Do I want a 5D Mark III? YOU BET I DO!! Is it something I am going to stress about? No. I am SOOOooo grateful I even have a camera. Those babies are EXPENSIVE! Starting off with nothing and building your equipment to something is the best feeling. It helps you achieve goals, strive to be a better photographer and focus on whats important- Documenting the moment.