"Does Your Gear Matter?" / by Kyle Caraher

Hey everybody! Welcome back to my blog. If this is your first time here, check out my first post where I tell you a little but about myself. A quick summary is I am a photographer who likes to try new things haha. So today I want to talk about Camera Gear and if it matters or not.

I would like to start by showing you an award winning image taken by “Lara Jade'“


Now, this photograph has depth of field/composition/contrast/good lighting/beautiful colors. And it was taken on a $49 TOY CAMERA!

Lara Jake was part of a photo contest where they had to use cheap cameras. Which can definitely impact the quality of your image. But knowing this, she used her knowledge of Lighting/Composition to work with a talented model to create this beautiful image. And she won the contest. Not only that, but this picture is better than lots of photos taken on a professional $2,000 camera.

My point in this is that it doesn’t matter what you have, it matters what you know. Don’t worry about having the best gear. Instead take your time learning everything you can with the gear you do have. My first 2 years of photography I used a Canon t3i and a cheap nifty fifty, and I edited on my parents ancient desktop. And I was doing paid gigs, because I understood the fundamentals of a good photo.

As time goes on, and you do more jobs, learn more. Of course you are going to upgrade your gear. And what you buy depends on what type of photography you are doing. So if you take one thing from this, let it be this: Don’t rush into purchasing camera gear!

- Kyle Caraher