At least once a week, I get a question that goes something like this:
“I want to take pictures like yours. What camera do I need?”
“I’m thinking about buying a DSLR so I can take better pictures. What should I buy?”
“My camera is too slow/doesn’t shoot indoors well/doesn’t take good pictures. Should I get a DSLR?”
Questions like these make up, by a large margin, the bulk of the questions that I get about photography. Not “how did you take that shot?” not “what’s something easy I can do to be a better photographer?” not even “how did you learn photography?”. 9 times out of 10, I get questions that are variations on the theme that a DSLR is what makes a good photo.
Guess what? 9 times out of 10, my answer is a variation on “learn the basic principles of photography and how to use the camera you have, first”.
I’m going to be starting a series of posts called “Don’t need no DSLR”, about what a DSLR can/cannot do for you as a photographer, what you should look at buying, what you can do with the camera you have, and why thinking that my camera makes my photos what they are is as stupid as thinking that the food from a talented chef is only as good as the stove he cooks on.
Keep your eyes peeled!