In this, the second in my series of (hopefully) thought provoking questions about landscape photography, I ask, do you think buying a more expensive, higher end camera will make you a better photographer? 

Do you feel that in some meaningful way your current camera is holding you back in such a way that you’re unable to create the images you want to make? 

After all, both entry level and high-end professional level cameras have the ability to set aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, everything you need for a properly exposed photograph. 

For the record, I’m not referring to the technical aspects of “Better,” lower noise due to better high ISO performance, or larger sensor size, etc.

These are all topics I’ll be covering in upcoming posts though. 

When I say “Better,” I mean artistically better, beautifully composed, well exposed, images of stunning scenes with amazing light.

Images that take the viewers breath away. 

Will a better camera do that for you?

13 thoughts on “Can You Buy Your Way To Better Photographs?

  1. No, while there is a relationship between the camera’s technological design and I that a comes into play in the creation of an image, it is the understanding and implementation of composition elements, human qualities, intention, etc, that the camera’s eye cannot fantom.

    1. More people need to understand this! There are many benefits that higher end cameras offer, the ability to make better photographs isn’t one of them.

      Yes there are those situations where the faster frame rate of the pro level camera is going to help the sports photographer, and outstanding high
      ISO performance is going to benefit someone who photographs the night sky or in dark concert venues. But the “art” of photography has nothing to do with having the latest and great camera money can buy.

  2. My opinion is to be a better photographer you need artistic talent and training. Along with that technical skills with your camera – any camera. Then lastly, and maybe most importantly, skill in the dark room – post processing of film or digital images. Our eyes and imaginations see differently than a camera does.

  3. I think not, a more expensive camera or equipment doesn’t improve the artistic side of photography. I’ve been using a Canon EOS 1200d for 3 years and all I know I learnt it with this small, cheap beauty! I recently upgraded to a 5d, just because I felt that some technical aspects of my first camera were a bit limited: it is too noisy even with not very high ISO, it’s too slow for wildlife photography, and the sensor doesn’t capture very sharp landscapes. But I’m still using the small camera, I love how small it is and it is the camera I used when I took some of my favourite photos over the last 3 years!

    1. Sure there will always be technical advances that come from purchasing a new camera, and depending on what a person likes to photograph that can be a good enough reason for an upgrade. But you’re right, the art itself has nothing to do with the camera you’re holding at the time.

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