The more I am drawn to the nitty gritty details of photography, the more I wanted to try out a Canon 5D Mark II, full frame camera. I am lucky enough to have a talented neighbor, Regina Holder, who just happens to be a professional photographer, and who was gracious enough to let me borrow her Canon 5D Mark II:-)
I took a couple of photos each with the Canon 5D Mark II/50mm lens, and the Canon Rebel T3/18-55mm lens using similar settings.
Both were edited on my imac with Adobe Lightroom 3.6, only because my imac is too old to support LR 5.
Can you tell which photos were taken with which camera?
The answers are at the end of the post.
Without getting into the details about why a full-frame camera is better than a crop sensor camera, and what the differences are, (there are many), I really wanted to see how far I could take the Canon Rebel with a kit lens. Because the Canon 5D is not in my price range at this point, I needed to convince myself that I could still get nice images with what I have while I save up for the 5D.
Even with the addition of better lenses -- I just got a Canon 20mm lens, and we have a 50mm lens for the Nikon D5100 for close-ups, I can still see the difference between the two, especially in the RAW files.
Just buying a new camera won't make me a better photographer, though.
Being a musician, I know first hand the years of work and practice it takes to perfect one's craft. That makes me appreciate and respect the hard work and experience it takes for professional photographers to capture the beautiful images they get. So I analyze and study their work with hopes that mine will at least improve.
Our generous neighbor who loaned us her Canon 5D MarkII, Regina Holder, is a wedding and portrait photographer and does the most amazing and beautiful work in and around the Asheville area. If you know someone getting married, engaged or looking for portraits in this area, check out her website. This is some of her beautiful work:
I told you she was talented:-)
So to sum it all up...yes, a full-frame pro camera can make a *huge* difference, but you have to know how to take a good photo with a point and shoot first. I am sure Regina could take a better photo with a point and shoot than I can with a pro camera, so it's ultimately a combination of the artistic eye, knowledge, experience and equipment that make a good photographer. It's kind of how a great violinist could make a Walmart violin sound amazing, whereas I could make a Stradivarius sound like fingernails on a chalkboard:-) I'll spare you the audio.
I sometimes read comments where people say because their photos are not good, they need to upgrade cameras. From my own love-hate experience with photography, I can honestly recommend working on tweaking the photos first, then upgrading equipment. You can see my top 10 tips for better photography HERE.
In the meantime, I'm saving for that Canon 5D:-)
**Thank you to Regina Holder for use of the Canon 5D Mark II
**Regina Holder images used with permission
I'll be joining:
Photo A: Canon 5D Mark II
Photo B: Canon Rebel T3
Photo C: Canon 5D Mark II
Photo D: Canon Rebel T3