Some Food For Thought

My Nikon D7100

My Nikon D7100

I always get asked about my photography equipment. "What camera do you use? "Whats lens do you use" "Whats your camera set-up for street and sneaker photography". These are common questions asked by many out there entering the realm of photography. The one mistake some make is thinking that buying the same cameras as their favorite photog will allow them to make similar photos. That is far from the case. There's a lot more to it than just that. Remember that everyone has their own style they developed through the years. It isn't just a click away with your camera. 

Another thing to note is that not one camera is better than the another. In a sense that is. For instance, I shoot Nikon; Have been doing so for the last 4 years. It's my preference because that's what was introduced to me by my friends who also shoot Nikon. Since it was the only cameras system they shot, I catered to it. Now, that's not to say other camera company aren't good. If my friends had Canon, I would be shooting Canon today. It wasn't a matter of thinking Nikon is better, but more of the simple exposure of their units and wanting to learn more about DSLRS. In fact, today I'm thinking about getting a Sony or Fuji for street, because I want something smaller to carry with me. On top of that, I love the results some photogs have had with those systems.

I wanted to share with you this answer I gave someone on my Tumblr in regards to buying a camera. It's the best way to look at it. No one person can recommend what will work for you because at the end of the day, the camera is a tool. How you make use of if is up to you. Enjoy! 


k-east asked:

What camera set ups would you recommend to someone who is new to photography and wants to get into street photography/ sneaker photography?? Thanks

That’s always a hard question and an easy one at the same time. But, here’s the best way to look at it instead of me just saying “buy this…”

The best camera will be the one you own. Whether you choose Nikon, Canon, Sony, etc. Whatever you decide on, will be ‘The Best’. Not in a sense that the equipment is good and you just spent $2,000 or $500 on it, but that you will make the equipment great. In turn, you will learn to create an image that speaks for itself. Remember that at the end of the day, a camera is a tool. YOU, the person behind it will create the best possible photos with it. You will adapt to it and it to you. Once you make the camera an extension of your body and develop your style, you’ll than pursue what you need. Not what a lot of money can buy. Make the best of what you have until you’ve mastered it. 

My suggestions….

For beginners look into Nikon’s 3000 or 5000 series, Canon T5i (Ti Series), or a Sony A6000 (mirrorless). All these cameras are DX which means they are cropped sensors (Look it up).Try to buy the camera body only because the kit lens is bad. Why? Most, if not all, have optics made from plastic instead of actual glass. Go for a 35mm 1.8 (which will be like a 50mm on a crop sensor) and than look at a 50mm 1.8, 20mm 1.8, 85mm 1.8, etc. I mainly shoot prime lenses. That’s what works for me. It may not be your cup of tea, but there are some advantages to using primes (look it up). If you want a zoom, look for a 17-50mm or something within that range ( I would recommend Sigma or Tamron as alternative Lens manufacturers. But honestly, buy glass from the actual camera brand if you can). Always try to look at 2.8 or lower aperture lenses. F4 is good, but not so much for low light if you want to shoot at night. 5.6 and up, forget about shooting at sunset and after. oh, don’t forget to get Lightroom. Peace!

Hope this helps you and anyone else out there.