It’s a phrase every photographer seems to dread. “Wow those pictures are great – you must have a nice camera….”. As always, What the Duck has the best take on this…
This is usually the start of a long tedious debate on how it’s the photographer who takes the pictures and how a “true professional” can take pictures with anything. And that’s kind of true. We spend a lot of time learning about light, posing, timing, framing, focusing and all those good things that you can apply to any camera and get nice results.
But pros often use rather nice cameras too. I’ve been shooting Nikon since before they made digital cameras and I’m kind of comfortable with how they work. In my opinion, the best camera a pro wedding photographer can use right now is the Nikon D3S though if like me you bought yours a couple of years ago the D3 is a very close second (with the D700 just a shade behind).
Or so I thought….
Some people at my recent shoots have noticed me wrestling with an odd sort of camera. It’s big, it’s ugly and it’s slow. But it has a name and a sound that makes lots of photographers go weak at the knees. Yep, I just added a Hasselblad medium format digital camera to the bag. For the camera nuts this has a sensor about twice the size of a “full frame” DSLR, 31 million pixels and true 16 bit shooting. For everyone who fell asleep in the techie bit “it takes really nice pictures”. Really nice.
It’s a bit of a waste to show you them on the web (though there are some pictures popping up both on this site and on my Flickr stream that have the unmistakable ‘blad look). Why not make an appointment to pop round the gallery and see the difference for yourself? Better still, now the camera’s nicely bedded in I’m taking bookings for 2 hour photo-shoots to get to know me and go home with some really nice pictures. Just use the contact form on the right.
And I don’t even mind if you say “you must have a really nice camera”. Because actually I do