Don’t Get Caught Up In “Measurebating”

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If you're going to be shooting a lot of video with your DSLR, then spring the extra money for the Canon 60D - by Canon

I’ve seen it in virtually every camera forum since the beginning of the internet and in letters to the editor in photography magazines before that. People arguing over the most infinitesimal differences between one camera and another, between one lens and another.

Allow me to let you in on one of the great secrets in photography: 99 percent of it is pure nonsense and a great deal of it borders on quackery. My friends in the video business call endless agonizing over trivial details “measurebating”.

Just this morning I ran across someone agonizing over whether they should get a Canon T2i, a Nikon D5100, and a Canon 60D. My answer was that they’re all good cameras and he should just pick one and start shooting. Really, it’s that simple.

The only minor difference I might consider is if there were a chance I would be shooting a lot of video with my camera. In that case either of the Canons have the edge in the video department and there are more 3rd party video accessories available for Canon DSLRs.

If I were absolutely confident I would shooting mostly still photos for the next 10 years, then I would get the Nikon. That’s because I like Nikon’s color processing and saturation a little better than Canon and there are decades worth of really high quality Nikon lenses floating around out there.

Notice there was nothing about camera specs, megapixels, or feature comparisons in that decision process. Due to the competition between brands, you can get a really high quality camera for around $1,000 USD. There really isn’t that much difference; small differences in chip size are totally meaningless.

What will make a difference is how many pictures you take, so pick the camera you’ll use the most and get out there. Don’t take a few pictures every day, take hundreds of pictures every day. Spend your time learning about lenses and lighting and experiment with some novel type of lighting setup every day.

Take household items and shape them into lighting gadgets. Make a beauty dish out of an aluminum pan, a snoot out of a leftover pizza box, try lighting with nothing but flashlights and candles.

When it comes to your camera, take some black gaffer tape and cover up the brand logo. Then you can stay focused on the things that will make you a great photographer.



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