Best DSLR Cameras of 2017-2018

If you have a passion for photography, the very best tool that you can invest in is a DSLR camera. The reason for this is that the best DSLR cameras of 2017 are the cutting edge devices in the world of photography because they have sensors bigger than any other camera, a wide variety of lenses for you to choose from as well as the highest megapixel count you will have ever seen. There are three subcategories of DSLRs that you can choose from, each of which corresponds to your skill level which is what you should base your choice on all in all. These three sub categories are professional, also referred to as full frame, semi professional as well as the entry level products that are perfect for the beginners. If you have the money for a full frame camera, you can get some pretty unbelievable images, but semi pro and entry level DSLRs are also adequate if you can’t afford full frame. Here is a list of the top DSLRs in the market covering a wide variety of price ranges.

  1. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV ($3,299)

best DSLR 2017Based on the price you can probably tell that this is a full frame camera and the specs support it. This camera has a whopping 30.4 megapixels which can allow you to take some astounding images, and the up to date technology can easily allow you to use features that are quite necessary for the modern photographer. The sensor is an impressive eight hundred and sixty four square millimeters which helps capture some stunningly true to life colors, and it comes with ten Great Canon EF Lenses which are obviously designed for a full frame setup.

This camera is also capable of recording some top quality 4K video which is just one of the many amazing features it has, but this does not mean that this product is completely devoid of flaws. It is quite expensive, and while it is true that this is a full frame camera, it is also important to bear in mind that there are some cameras on the market that are just as good and even slightly better than this model in spite of being a fair bit cheaper to boot. A good example is Nikon which produces excellent cameras at a more affordable price, although it must be noted that at times the difference is marginal.

  1. Nikon D810 ($2,797)

Offered at a price point that is a couple of hundred dollars lower than the previous entry on this list, one would assume that this product is not quite as good, but in fact, the opposite is true. This is a full frame camera that offers an incredible 36.3 megapixels, almost six more than what the previous entry on this list had to offer. This is by far Nikon’s best camera, and there is a good reason why this is the case, but it is also true that the product is three years old and Nikon has failed to release something that would be able to measure up to it.

This three-year gap is pretty astronomical when viewed within the context of technological advancements, so a lot of the cutting edge features that Canon has to offer are absent here. However, when you get down to the nitty gritty of the camera quality and picture result, you would be hard pressed to find a product that is this good. It performs remarkably in low light and creates a lot of opportunities for unique photo shoots that may not have been possible otherwise. The special effects lenses you can get also add a unique dimension to this camera’s performance, and overall helps you to get some truly amazing pictures. Until Nikon releases something new, this camera will do.

  1. Canon EOS 5DS R ($3,699)

It’s not always necessary that the more expensive your camera is, the better it is going to be, but this camera by Canon is truly astounding when you look at the specs. It is pricey for sure, but the specs have been upgraded accordingly. This is the first entry on this list that can be considered to be truly meant for landscape photography. If you tend to take part in landscape photography, you would be absolutely astounded by how this camera manages to capture the beauty of nature as if it were right before your very eyes. This is to be expected when you see that this product has 20 megapixels more than the previous Canon entry on this list! With 50.6 megapixels, this camera is ideal for those that prefer image quality above all else.

One problem you might face is the fact that this camera has been designed for still photography and not filming so video makers might feel disappointed.

  1. Canon EOS 6D ($1,399)

We are heading into relatively more affordable territory now with this camera. It is a great deal cheaper than any previous entry on this list, but the specs are actually quite incredible. Indeed, the fact that you are getting a full frame camera at a price range like this beggars belief, but Canon has truly outdone itself by providing the best camera that the market could possibly have to offer at a price range like this. For under 1,500 dollars you get a full frame camera with a 20.2-megapixel lens which is less than you would get with other full frame cameras but considering the price range one can consider this more than adequate.

The shutter speed does leave something to be desired, however. A camera of this stature should have good shutter speed because one of the reasons why people buy DSLRs in the first place is that they don’t want to have to deal with slow image taking time. Although this might be a problem for many people, it is important to note that you are already getting far more than you could have ever possibly imagined at a pretty fair price point overall!

  1. Nikon D750 ($1,897)

This is another more affordable option and one that has finally managed to succeed after Nikon’s initial stumbles while offering cameras in this price range. When you use cameras like this you end up wanting certain features and a level of reliability, and unfortunately, Nikon was able to provide neither, but thankfully with this entry into the market, the camera manufacturer has caught up with Canon in this particular range. Although you are sacrificing a few megapixels by option for this model instead of a more expensive one, you are getting a top notch image processor that is the same as in the more expensive models, and high definition video is just built into the whole package. You have intriguing filters that you can use as well all of which provide new avenues for you to explore in the world of photography.

This camera is also relatively old, another sign that Nikon really needs to up its game if it wants people to start taking it as seriously as possible. The price is not bad, but Canon offers something very competitive indeed when you are looking at the whole package and not just the megapixels. This product is quite adequate if you are specifically a Nikon fan who wants to stick with the same company but wants a more affordable option. If you are not a diehard Nikon fan, it might be better to opt for Canon in this price range.

  1. Nikon D500 ($1,897)

While Nikon certainly has far better cameras on the market, it is important to note that they are not meant for regular consumers. Rather, they are meant for people that are looking for something affordable that would give some similar features, and the Nikon D500 is a good example of that. This camera can shoot at ten frames per second which is perfect for capturing fast moving subjects such as animals and cars, and can allow for some truly unique pictures to be taken.

The price is a slight negative because you can get top notch products made by other companies such as Canon, but at the end of the day, the only thing that actually matters is having an action shooting worthy camera even if it does have a slightly smaller than average sensor. The small sensor is a cross you are going to have to bear, but it comes with a bunch of other features that other products on the market don’t have such as the insanely fast shutter speed. One can argue that this is a give and take and that what you take makes up in a big way for what you give.

  1. Pentax K-1 ($1,794)

This is the first time we are moving beyond Nikon and Canon on this list, so you can probably tell that the product we are looking into is going to be truly incredible to warrant an inclusion on something so prestigious. This is a full frame camera offered at a similar price range to the previous Nikon entry on this list, but it offers so much more in terms of value and overall picture quality!  Perhaps one of the most impressive qualities about this camera is the weather sealing which makes it far more durable in landscape photography situations. You also get a very balanced color result, all of which helps make this a dream come true for a landscape photographer that does not have enough money to buy any of the more expensive lenses that the market would have to offer.

However, the affordability is not free of charge, so to speak. You are going to have to deal with a much smaller choice of lenses because you are not going for any of the big companies. The video quality is not up to the mark as well, so you should bear in mind that while this camera is certainly affordable, you are losing a bit of functionality in the pursuit of this affordability.

  1. Canon EOS 80D ($1,099)

We are now heading into the territory of pro camera which is why it is so important to admire this camera and all that it has to offer. With this camera you are going to be able to do things that would absolutely amaze you, things that would amaze all of your friends all within a price range that is only slightly over a thousand dollars. Let’s face it, we are all going to be ready to spend this much money if we are enthusiasts, and with this product, you are going to get the chance to do just that. At a price range like this, you are getting a lot of megapixels, superior sensors and swift shutter reaction time all of which would suit your hobbyist needs very well indeed.

This is a pretty portable camera as well, offering a light design that is still quite durable. The LCD screen is quite a nice touch as well, allowing you to easily access the simple user interface that commands all of the various functions and features that this camera has to offer.

  1. Nikon D7200 ($997)

This is the latest version in a long line of Nikon cameras, and it comes with quite a few updates that you are really going to enjoy. For one, you are going to love how fast this camera buffers, offering you incredible speeds the likes of which many other companies would struggle to match. You also get WiFi connectivity which is a first for a model in this line of cameras, and this inclusion is going to allow you to more easily post your pictures to your blog or social media accounts. The LCD screen is also much improved, looking a lot clearer and also providing you with an easier to use user interface which a lot of people that are new to the world of photography are probably going to appreciate quite a bit. The great thing about this camera is that it comes at a couple dollars below a thousand and you are getting something semi professional within this price range rather than an entry level camera.

  1. Canon EOS 7D Mark II ($1,499)

If you are looking for a camera with the most features possible, you should check out this model by Canon for sure. The only reason that it is lower on this list than you would expect it to be is because it is not suitable for people that are not extremely interested in action photography and treat it like the most important style of photography that they partake in on a day to day basis. For the extra money that you are getting you get faster shutter speed, but those that are not into action photography are just not going to be into the shutter speed, so the extra expense simply does not make sense. The camera is quite heavy too which is another disadvantage, but it is important to note that for the niche it is intended for this camera really does pack a wallop. If you are within this niche, the extra expense makes sense, and after all, it is not that much of a price bump anyway. All in all, this camera is best suited to pros, and in that context, it really is quite cheap.

  1. Pentax K-70 ($871 with 18-135mm lens)

This is another entry from Pentax on this list, a list otherwise dominated by Nikon and Canon. Hence, you can be sure that Pentax is a company that you can really rely on because it measures up to these juggernauts! This product possesses Pentax’s trademark weather sealing which in itself helps you save a lot of money because with any other company this is a value added service that you would have to opt for which means that you would end up saving quite a bit of money in the long run even if you opt for some of the more expensive Pentax products.

This product offers some great image quality at a price that is a bargain when you factor in the weather sealing, but it is important to note that there are certain downsides to this camera as well. The weather sealing may reduce the portability of this product by adding a fair amount of weight. This product also does not come with a touchscreen, whereas you can get products that include this feature for just a little more money. However, as far as midrange cameras are considered, this product and the company that manufactures it both manage to stay on par with their far better-established competitors.

  1. Nikon D5500 ($697 with 18-55mm lens)

We have now passed from the world of Semi Pro cameras to the entry level variants that those new to the world of photography should be looking into. At just under seven hundred dollars this is without a doubt the cheapest camera on this list so far, but it is slightly more expensive than other entry level variants and for a good reason. You get some truly incredible features with this product for the price range, all of which have come together to make critics call this the most advanced beginner’s camera that the market currently has to offer. When you compare it to other entry level cameras, some features stand out. The tilting touchscreen is a nice touch to start off with because of its ergonomic nature.

The built in wifi is quite useful, as is the autofocus which would help taking pictures quickly and efficiently a much easier task to accomplish. A rather unique benefit that is associated with the use of this product is the absence of SnapBridge. This technology is quite new and has been included in the latest variants of Nikon cameras, but it has gotten poor reviews which is why its absence here is a blessing in disguise.

  1. Canon EOS Rebel T7i ($849 with 18-55mm lens)

If you want a top notch DSLR that is meant for entry level photographers, the Rebel series offered by Canon is a great place to start. This camera comes with a pretty impressive 24.2 megapixels, and it has improved upon its predecessors in a lot of ways. The autofocus has been updated, and you have high frame rate shooting that can be completed at a much faster rate. The battery life is also something you are going to appreciate because it lasts far longer than the previous iteration of this series, and low light performance, which was a frequent complaint that some people tended to have, is far better than it used to be.

If you are buying a DSLR for the first time, this model is an excellent way to get yourself going in the world of photography with a piece of equipment that is not expensive but is quite respectable in terms of the features and image quality that it offers, such as the Bluetooth feature which makes transferring your pictures from one device to the other very easy indeed. However, while it is not expensive when compared to high-end cameras, viewed within the context of entry level cameras this product is actually a lot more expensive than you would expect it to be.

  1. Sony Alpha a68 ($698 with 18-55mm lens)

This is Sony’s first and only entry on this list because this company is not usually known for its DSLRs, but this camera right here is actually pretty decent, decent enough to warrant it a low spot on this list. When you compare the Alpha a68 to other entry level products made by other companies, the comparison is actually quite favorable for Sony overall.

This camera is actually pretty effective within action photography contexts. It has an image stabilizer that is quite easy to use, and to top it all off, you would have the option of using the excellent autofocus to capture those moments that can pass you by before you know it. One generally does not think of Sony as a competitor to the likes of Canon and Nikon, but in this case, they have managed to silence all of their detractors. The fact that they did this in an entry level context is quite smart because winning out in this segment of the market is a lot easier. There are a couple of problems you are going to face such as durability. This product is made out of plastic, and to top it all off you won’t have much variation when it comes to lenses mostly because Sony has not been making DSLRs for very long.

  1. Nikon D3400 ($497 with 18-55mm lens)

The D3000 series that Nikon has to offer is an excellent example of how cameras can transcend the limitations of their entry level price ranges and offer something that is truly worthwhile. The image quality is top notch, and videos are incredibly detailed as well when you record them with this particular entry in the D3000 series. Another benefit of using this camera is the fact that you would be able to use it without having to worry too much about how simple the interface is. While you are certainly going to want to level up to a better and more expensive camera later on, for the time being, this camera is good enough to serve you well at the starting of your hobby or career.

Travelling around with this camera is going to be a dream come true thanks to the fact that this camera offers so much battery life, but the flash you are given here is not quite up to the mark when compared to older models such as the D3300. Essentially, the choice between the D3400 and the D3300 is all about whether you prefer battery life or a good flash respectively because all of the other specifications are pretty much the same

  1. Canon EOS Rebel T5 ($346 with 18-55mm lens)

This is the cheapest camera on this list, but it is still quite useful in a variety of different contexts. While pricier cameras are certainly going to offer a lot more features, but for a price like this, you really could not ask for anything more. Indeed, the image quality alone is worth more than this. This product is so affordable because Canon has gone for image quality and ease of use over other features. There is no touch screen nor can you set it as you please and the frames per second rate is quite low when compared to other products. Problems with autofocus are also rife, but all in all this camera is so affordable that you would be satisfied no matter what. If you just want a camera that costs very little and can help you get used to the work process of photography, this camera is perfect for you.

Best Digital SLR Comparison Table

DSLRPriceCategoryMPSensorWeightBurst4KWeather
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV$3,299Full frame30.4864 sq. mm28.2 oz.7 fpsYesYes
Nikon D810$2,797Full frame36.3861 sq. mm31.1 oz.5 fpsNoYes
Canon EOS 5DS R$3,699Full frame50.6864 sq. mm29.7 oz.5 fpsNoYes
Canon EOS 6D$1,399Full frame20.2855 sq. mm26.8 oz.4.5 fpsNoYes
Nikon D750$,1897Full frame24.3861 sq. mm26.5 oz.6 fpsNoYes
Nikon D500$1,897Enthusiast20.9369 sq. mm30.3 oz.10 fpsYesYes
Pentax K-1$1,794Full frame36.4864 sq. mm32.6 oz.4.5 fpsNoYes
Canon EOS 80D$1,099Enthusiast24.6337 sq. mm25.8 oz.7 fpsNoYes
Nikon D7200$997Enthusiast24.2366 sq. mm23.8 oz.6 fpsNoYes
Canon EOS 7D Mark II$1,499Enthusiast20.2336 sq. mm32.1 oz.10 fpsNoYes
Pentax K-70$871Entry level +24.24366 sq. mm24.3 oz.6 fpsNoYes
Nikon D5500$697Entry level +24.2366 sq. mm14.2 oz.5 fpsNoNo
Canon EOS Rebel T7i$849Entry level +24.2332 sq. mm18.8 oz.6 fpsNoNo
Sony Alpha a68$698Entry level +24.2366 sq. mm24.6 oz.8 fpsYesNo
Nikon D3400$497Entry level24.2357 sq. mm15.1 oz.5 fpsNoNo
Canon EOS Rebel T5$346Entry level18332 sq. mm15.3 oz.3 fpsNoNo

Buying Guide

DSLR Categories

The first thing you are going to have to consider when buying a DSLR is what category you want to purchase. There are a lot of categories available in the market, you can choose from beginner models to the professional variants based on your preferences.

Full-frame (Professional) DSLRs

If you want to take up photography as a profession, a full frame DSLR is what you will need. These DSLRs are more expensive than the market average and tend to have a great deal more heft to them, but they also have the biggest sensors which allow for amazing image quality. The great thing is that even if you are more or less new to the world of photography, you would still be able to use these cameras without all that much difficulty. This is because there are automatic settings which you can deactivate as you gain more experience. You should be thinking of spending well over a grand if you want to get a full frame DSLR that is worth your while. Anything cheaper than this is not going to be good at all.

Enthusiast (Semi-Pro) DSLRs

This is the mid-range DSLR that the market has to offer and is a popular choice for people that love photography but don’t like the idea of spending ridiculous amounts of money on what is essentially a hobby. These cameras are not quite as fancy as full frame variants, but their image sensors are still quite impressive. The field of view is somewhat less spectacular, but when you are paying so much less for a product, you are obviously going to expect a few features to be lacking here and there. These cameras can be bought for less than a thousand, with some more expensive variants going up to a thousand and a half. Some of the more expensive options can go up to a couple grand as well.

Entry Level DSLRs

These are the most popular DSLRs mostly because they are so much more affordable than anything else that the market has to offer while still providing some pretty significant image capturing capabilities. The great thing about these cameras is that the image sensors are not all that different from those found in semi pro variants, and the megapixels are comparable as well. The only thing you are sacrificing on are the advanced features which you are probably not going to need anyway if you are just starting out. Recent advancements have allowed DSLRs to be more affordable now than they were previously. You can get a good quality entry level DSLR for about five hundred dollars, with the slightly more high-end models going for close to a thousand.

Sensor Size

People tend to glorify megapixels a bit too much. At the end of the day, sensor size matters so much more than megapixels because after a certain point megapixels just become irrelevant. You can either get full frame sensors which are just under nine hundred square millimeters or you can get a crop sensor which is used in semi pro and entry level variants and measures in at just under four hundred square millimeters.

While full frame sensors are a great deal better at capturing high-quality images, it is also true that they are costly. This is why crop sensors are so much more popular in the market and always have been. They are quite a bit more affordable, and the image result is actually quite satisfying which is why so many people end up going for them in the first place. If you are a professional that is on a tight budget all you have to do is buy a crop sensor, and you would easily be able to take photographs that look more or less professional and would leave pretty much all of your clients very satisfied indeed. While dedicated professionals might disagree, many of their contemporaries as well as pretty much all amateurs feel like crop sensors are a great option to invest in.

Megapixels

If you were to go by the marketing gimmicks that nearly every company in the world uses these days, you would think that megapixels are all that matter when it comes to choosing a top notch camera. While it is true that the amount of megapixels your camera has to offer is indeed quite important, it is not the only thing in the world that you should be thinking about. You can get megapixels in the mid-twenties range if you are going for entry level and semi professional DSLR variants, with the full frame options ranging anywhere from thirty all the way to sixty megapixels.

When it comes to megapixels, the way you should approach them is that you should realize that they are important but at the same time they are not the only thing that matters. Quite on the contrary, sensors matter a great deal as well, but it is also important to note that slight differences in megapixel count and sensor size are not going to make or break a camera at all. Quite on the contrary, you would be surprised at just how little they matter, which is why you should always go for features instead. Most entry level and semi pro cameras are not going to have much variation when it comes to megapixels anyway.

The true battle for who is megapixel king starts when you get to full frame DSLRs. Megapixels are basically useful when you are thinking of enlarging pictures. The higher the megapixel count of the camera that took the photo, the more you are going to be able to enlarge said photo before it starts to get blurred. The Canon 5DS R which was released last year offers you over fifty megapixels which is very impressive indeed.

Autofocus

Because so many people focus almost exclusively on things like mega pixels and how big the sensor of the DSLR is, camera companies tend to concentrate on them and skimp out on an aspect of the DSLR that is equally important: autofocus. If you want to take good pictures, particularly within the context of things such as action photography, you are going to have to get a camera that has top notch autofocus that would help you get a grip on what you are looking at as quickly as possible. A good quality camera is going to have multiple cross type focus points, so this is what you should be looking for above all else.

The only problem with autofocus is that you can’t really tell what is good autofocus and what is not before you buy a camera. Each autofocus works differently and has varying levels of success based on the context you are using it in. While you should definitely strive for a DSLR that offers you multiple focus points, there are some other things that you are going to have to look into as well. One important aspect of your auto focus is contract detection, as is phase detection. Suffice it to say that you are going to have to do a fair amount of reading if you want to be able to understand the various nuances regarding autofocus.

Video

People aren’t buying DSLRs just so that they can take pictures anymore. In this brave new world, we have started to look into things like videography using a DSLR setup as well. As far as video making is concerned, a standard DSLR is going to provide you with high definition, 1080p recording no matter what, but if you want ultra HD, which is to say 4K recording, you are going to be mostly disappointed because there are not all that many options on the market right now. However, the new Nikon D500 is innovating by offering 4K recording as a standard. If you go for entry level DSLRs, one thing you are going to be forfeiting is the ability to record amazing video because these cheaper cameras are not that good at moving picture recording.

If we talk brands, the brand that has consistently proven itself to be the best of the best when it comes to video recording is Canon. While Nikon has made innovations including their D500’s 4K capabilities, overall video quality across the board remains superior when you are looking at Canon rather than Nikon. This is because even Canon’s entry level DSLRs such as the Revel series offer some pretty decent video quality in spite of the fact that most entry level DSLRs really don’t provide very good picture quality at all. If you go for high-end variants, there is a bit more competition. The Canon 7D Mark II is absolutely incredible, but the Nikon D500 is its equal and arguably even better thanks to the superior 4K recording capacity.

There are a lot of high end, full frame DSLRs that are actually not that good at video recording. This is because these cameras were made with image capturing in mind, videos were never really a priority as far as they are concerned. For example, the Canon 5DS R has an astonishing 50.6 megapixels but there are no user features that would make video recording easier or more efficient. This is why if you are a professional with the budget designed for high-end investment in your equipment, you should seriously consider getting two separate pieces of equipment. One for video and one for image capturing is a very good idea.

Rear LCD Screen

A standard feature that tends to get updated every time a newer model of a DSLR comes out is the LCD display. This screen is of immense importance to the overall efficiency of your photo taking experience. If you want your DSLR to be as efficient as possible, you are going to need a top notch screen, and there are a few things you should be looking for when you are looking for a top notch screen. The first thing is that you should be getting a high definition screen. Additionally, touch screen capabilities are quite useful and are a must have if you are making a significant investment. The way your LCD screen tilts is also a factor because it would make it easier or harder to get a look at the picture you are about to take based on how you are using your camera.

Wi-Fi

If you want to be mobile while using your DSLR, you are going to need WiFi connectivity. WiFi would allow you to upload pictures to social media accounts and handles with just a few taps and clicks rather than having to go through the hassle of uploading the media to a computer or other device. If you want to be able to use WiFi on your DSLR, you are going to have to opt for a slightly more expensive model and you would also have to note that you would not be able to use this WiFi all that often simply because most DSLRs don’t have the type of processing power that would enable them to transfer large chunks of data all at once. Basically, use your WiFi as much as you want, but you should also try to use traditional methods of data transfer when possible.

Weather Sealing

One thing you need to keep in mind is that you are probably going to take your DSLR to some pretty rough places. The weather in these areas is often not going to be very convenient for using cutting edge technology in, which is why you should try your best to buy a product that has been weather sealed. This basically means that rubber has been used to close up all of the cracks that water might get into. It also prevents dust from entering these cracks which can also be a huge factor in the life expectancy of a DSLR. Weather sealing can be expensive, but it can save you from having to buy a whole new camera just because your old one ended up getting damaged in the rain. You would also be surprised at just how much more life you can get out of your tech if you prepare for bad weather beforehand!

Lens Types

The thing about DSLR cameras is that they are not an exclusive, intrinsic ecosystem. When you buy a camera for a certain brand, you are also buying the lenses that said brand has to offer. This is part of the reason why newer companies have such a tough time competing with better-established brands.

Nikon tends to beat out Canon in the lens department, but in most cases, the lenses that each of these big brands have to offer are actually worth the price you are paying quite a bit.

Ease of Use

When you think of a DSLR, you probably think of something that is dreadfully complicated to use. This is a fair enough assessment. After all, DSLRs tend to be complicated overall if you are not careful about the one you buy. However, most DSLRs, as long as they are from top notch companies, have automatic settings designed to help you make the most of your new camera.

The only thing you need to do when you buy a DSLR is read the manual. Once you do this, you are going to be able to figure out how to get the result you want with the camera you are using. The manual can also help you to ascertain what the features included in your camera actually mean.

Why The Monopoly Exists

When it comes to DSLRs, the two big brands namely Nikon and Canon have a monopoly and for a good reason. They just make better cameras, and they also make phenomenal lenses that you can use in a variety of different scenarios. However, this does not mean that the cameras you are using from other brands are not worth your money. Sony has recently started to create some pretty top notch DSLRs that you should definitely look into.

Can The Dominance of DSLRs Be Coming to an End?

DSLRs used to be the absolute cutting edge of photographing technology, but now we have something new that might knock the DSLR out of the top spot. Cameras that have mirror less interchangeable lenses are able to create some truly stunning pictures, and the only thing that is holding them back is the fact that there are not all that many lenses of this variety available right now. Once companies like Sony which are trying to topple Canon and Nikon’s dominance start producing a wider range of lenses, it would be interesting to see how the market reacts. Sony has made a lot of developments in this field with their cameras like the Alpha a6500.

One benefit of the mirror less interchangeable lens camera is the fact that it is so much more portable than the DSLR. The weight of a DSLR can be a real drag, especially for people that are traveling. The prices are probably going to be comparable, but there are probably going to be parties on both sides that claim their camera is better than the other.

How to Get The Best Price From Clients

When you are approached by somebody that wants to hire you as a photographer, there are a number of different things that you need to take into account. Setting an ideal price that you would like your client to pay is quite important, but how exactly are you supposed to go about the process of setting a price in the first place?

Well, there are a few questions that you would do well to ask. These questions are all highly professional. You might feel slightly unnerved by the prospect of being this blunt with a potential client, but you need to realize that at the end of the day the only thing that really matters is finding a customer that would take you seriously.

If the client you end up working with responds to your questions as positively as possible, you can rest assured that they would be a good fit for you in the long run. After all, there is nothing worse than working for a bad client. The questions that have been provided below are a good way for you to weed out those customers who are going to be a hassle to deal with later on. Basically, if the clients that are approaching you refuse to answer these questions or give answers that you are not comfortable with, you would have a good reason to not work with them and still maintain your professional reputation.

What Are The Specific Image Requirements?

  • Shoot Style

Shoots are not all going to be easy. There are certain styles that are more complicated than others. What does your client want? Do they want a black and white photo shoot? There are a lot of different things that you have to look into for each shoot style, so make sure they answer this question.

  • Number of Photos Needed

Each photo you take is going to require some level of effort on your part. This is why you should try your best to find out in advance how many photos are necessary. You can offer discounts for multiple easy photos since they would not require as much prep time.

  • Client’s Intended Usage

This is highly vital. If your customer is taking headshots for a big company, your prices should obviously go up because your name will be attached to the pictures. Remember, once a price has been set you will have to stick with it for a long time, so setting a higher price early on will be quite beneficial for you.

  • Charge Extra For Retouching

A lot of clients are going to ask you to retouch photos after they have been taken. Ask them if this would be the case and inform them that extra charges are going to apply for such additional services.

  • Deadline

If you are going to be working on a tight deadline, you should try your best to get a better price for it. Emergency work can be quite stressful. It is up to you to make sure that you get adequate compensation for your efforts.

Other Participants in The Shoot

  • Work Ethic of Models

Nothing is worse than having to deal with the temper tantrums of unprofessional models. You as the photographer are going to be responsible for dealing with these tantrums, and they can really slow down your work process, preventing you from getting things done on time. Research the models your client has to see if they would be difficult and charge more if this is the case.

  • Other Creative Participants

Working with other creative people can be a real hassle because you would have to work around their artistic preferences as well as your own. You should be wary of things like this because clients tend to offer lower payment for projects where multiple creatives are involved.

Shoot Location

If you have to shoot photographs at a difficult location where there is a lot of wind or where you would have to deal with unpleasant climates, your price should naturally go up as well.

General Questions

  • Will Equipment Be Provided?

If the client is providing you with high-quality equipment that you can use, you can lower your price. Keep your price the same if you have to deal with lugging your own gear along.

  • Payment Timing

Be wary of clients that don’t offer to pay a slight advance. If your client says that you are going to have to wait for payment, reject them if they are not trustworthy but if they are trustworthy tell them that this would make the price go up. After all, you are going to need some kind of incentive to do a job where payment would be late.

The Art of Constructing a Plan B

One of the most important aspects of being a photographer is creating a backup plan that would ensure that one’s artistic vision has a higher chance of coming to fruition. This is because you don’t really know what could happen in the process of you taking your photographs. That being said, backup plans are often not as thorough as they need to be. Your backup plans require a great deal of forward thinking, so it is important that you have a backup plan for them to boot. This would ensure that you do not end up missing out on any opportunities while you are out making your artistic vision a reality. Basically, you need to develop the sort of personality that can think on its toes.

One great book that you can read to understand the art of making a plan B a little bit better is the 1940 text published by the philosopher Jean Paul-Sartre. This book is called “Being and Nothingness ” and it is basically a discussion of a broad range of philosophical ideas that center around the concept of “bad faith”. What this entails is the acknowledgment that what you believe is the result of societal stimuli rather than free will. In order to understand this in this context, certain ideas need to be pulled from this text. The fundamental idea that this book offers in this regard is the idea that we don’t have the ability to recover from bad situations.

As an artist, you have probably been in situations where your initial plan failed, and your plan B ended up failing as well, leaving you in a precarious position where you would have to think on your toes and develop a plan on the spot. If you are not good at improvising, this can cause you to freeze up and not quite know how to react to the situation at hand.

The Philosophy of Backup Plans

There is a way for you to develop a work process that would take into account as many different points of view and possibilities as possible. In order to understand this ideal work process, we must once again delve into the world of philosophy. It offers a multitude of ideas that apply to all areas of life, which means that your photography can benefit from it a great deal as well.

The philosopher that we are going to be discussing at this juncture is the stoic named Seneca. Seneca once wrote a letter in which he described the dangers of relying on our expectations. He explained how we define our reality in false ways, relying on perceptions that have been molded by outside influences rather than our own desires to pursue our hopes and dreams.

Basically, the ideal way for you to ensure that your plan works out for you, in the long run, is to calm down, take a breath and see how you can change the situation to bring it to your advantage. Things go wrong all the time, you need to rely on yourself rather than what society tells you that you can count on. After all, you are a capable and professional photographer, one that has the ability to do some pretty amazing things. Don’t make excuses and focus on your art at all times and things will always work out in the end.

Is Watermarking Effective And Necessary?

One of the biggest debates that occur between members of the photography community involves watermarks. You see, watermarks are an important part of the photography process because they help you maintain the rights to images you have taken, but there is a large section of the photography community that takes umbrage with the practice of using watermarks. They feel like it compromises artistic integrity and turns the art of taking photographs into a purely commercial endeavor.

If you are looking for a personal opinion, mine is that watermarks are a good idea if they are simple enough to not overshadow the image itself and not appear completely obnoxious. The reason that I feel like this is a good idea is that people steal images on the internet with alarming frequency. By adding a watermark, you can at least ensure that you would know when and where your images are being used. Artists have been adding signatures to their work for hundreds of years, this is a similar kind of signature for you.

Now, with that being said, it is important to understand that watermarks can often be incredibly obnoxious. A lot of photographers add watermarks that are very ostentatious to the point where you would get distracted from the photograph itself because the watermark obscures it in some way. All it takes is putting some thought into your watermark instead of applying one randomly.

One thing that you should keep in mind is that black and white images are particularly dangerous to add watermarks to. This is because black and white photography is all about subtlety and style, it is about using shadows to accentuate certain objects in a way that would ensure that all attention is placed on the right ideas. Nothing would destroy that kind of dynamic more than a watermark because it is by its very definition something that draws attention to itself. The most common mistake that people make here is that they add colored watermarks to their images. This is terrible because it destroys the black and white aesthetic of your art.

Basically, what you need to do is create a watermark that is visible but not overly so. A good way to ensure that your watermark is as subtle as possible is to make it fairly translucent. Opaque watermarks are the dictionary definition of tactlessness. When you have the opportunity to make things visible without ruining their overall quality, why would you do something as silly as making your watermark opaque? Besides, art has a way of getting recognition without a watermark.

Canons New Lenses May Change The World of Cameras Entirely

Canon has not always been at the forefront of innovation. Indeed, some of its competitors have far and away been its superiors in terms of creating groundbreaking new technology that pushed the boundaries of photography. The reason for this is that Canon has always focused on its bodies while resting on their laurels when it came to lenses. This is apparently going to change, with the latest batch of lenses Canon is releasing purported to be incredibly innovative in their design.

One of the new lenses that Canon will be releasing is L-quality, much like the eighty-five millimeter f/1.2L, except this one would have a wider aperture. This lens, dubbed the Canon EF 85mm, would be used to complement the narrower aperture lens, allowing for much more detailed pictures to be taken. Apart from this new lens, we can expect some updates to the TS-E 45mm f/2.8 and TS-E 90mm f/2.8 lenses. This update is a long time coming; both of these lenses are rather obsolete when you compare them to L class lenses available nowadays after all. One can assume based on this information that Canon is trying to streamline its collection of lenses and offer them at the best price possible.

We are now heading into territory that people are genuinely interested in: the actually innovative stuff. According to the rumors and reports that are circling the web nowadays, this new lens is going to be a tilt shift lens. It is possible that it would possess macro capabilities built into a TS-E 135mm body with an aperture of f/2.8L. This is a pretty heavy duty lens the macro photographers from around the world would be itching to try out. It remains to be seen if the aperture and magnification would result in top notch picture quality, but whatever the case may be it is important to note that this product is likely to be a game changer for Canon if nothing else, helping the company burst its way back into relevance and cementing its place as one of the top lens and camera manufacturers in the world.

Chinese Tech Company DJI Banned By US Military

DJI may be losing one of their biggest clients: the United States army. According to a memo that was going around, the army considers DJI products to be risky, citing cyber vulnerabilities that they had noticed within the product as the primary reason they were cutting all ties with the Chinese tech company. There is a great deal of speculation surrounding the nature of these “cyber vulnerabilities” due to the vague nature of this term.

The Source of The Speculation

There are two reports written by internal parties which probably contributed to the United States army’s decision to eschew all future use of DJI products, both of which were published in May of this year. The first of these two reports were made by the Army Research Laboratory and is titled “DJI UAS Technology Threat and User Vulnerabilities, and the second report was published by the Navy and is titled “Operational Risks with Regards to DJI Family of Products.”

One can infer from the creation of these two reports that the United States military had reason to believe that DJI presented a security risk. After all, they would not initiate investigations into a company without due cause. The army seems to be the only branch of the United States military that suspects security risks associated with DJI products. There is no evidence that the Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard are concerned, although the Navy apparently seems to have some doubts based on their report even though they have not taken any action against DJI. It seems logical that all other branches of the United States military would follow in the army’s footsteps if DJI genuinely does pose a threat.

Outside the military, branches of government have also put a DJI ban into effect. The United States Departments of Energy and Interior are both no longer going to be using DJI products and are prohibiting the use of products manufactured by the Chinese tech conglomerate within their premises. While this information, which has been provided by anonymous sources, has not yet been verified, if this is indeed the case we can expect to see a number of federal agencies following suit very soon.

How Will This Affect Photographers Contracted By The Military?

The memo that the United States army released mentions three hundred personnel that would possess salaried army positions. What is unknown at this point in time is how this sudden change is going to affect contractors, particularly those that are contracted by the United States military in the role of a photographer. Many photographers swear by DJI products and are probably going to be quite chagrined by the fact that they are not going to be able to use their favorite equipment on the job. Many are wondering if the military is going to create some kind of vetting process specifically for DJI products, possibly conducted by an independent third party.

A List of Banned DJI Products

Once the ban was announced, many wondered what products would no longer be allowed. Many assumed that only those products that posed a threat would be prohibited and that a few products would certainly be allowed into military complexes and institutions. However, it turns out that nearly every single DJI product on the market is going to be banned. This isn’t just restricted to hardware either. Any applications or other kinds of software created by or related to DJI or its products are also prohibited. Anyone that is contracted or employed by the United States army is going to have to uninstall DJI software from any tech they possess if they want to take it into military owned premises.

The Nature of The Security Risk DJI Poses

The language that the United states army has used to explain their reasons for not wanting DJI tech to be used within their premises is very vague indeed. They have just cited “cyber vulnerabilities” as the reason for the ban, but this could mean anything. There is no available record of an actual attack that came from a product created by DJI, which means that this ban is a precautionary measure. The military must have a pretty good reason for taking such a precautionary measure because this is not the sort of institution that is predisposed to rash action.

From the evidence that is currently present, it is clear that the main security threat comes from a drone. These camera drones have become increasingly popular in recent times, and a little-known fact about them is that they broadcast their GPS. This is how you are able to tell where your drone is using your sensors. This GPS is transmitted via a radio wave. What this means is that these drones are extremely risky when it comes to covert operations, because they can be used both intentionally as well as unintentionally to spy on United States military sites. Intentional use would involve a mole infiltrating US military premises and broadcasting what they see, and unintentional use would involve someone using a drone and not realizing that someone has hacked into the transmission and can see every single thing that they can. This could potentially reveal things as serious as military exercises, the units present within a particular area as well as how active a certain military base is. All of this information could potentially be used by hostile entities to do some serious harm. This risk is particularly pertinent when you consider the fact that DJI apps are also receiving this data, and these apps are far easier to hack than military grade software which is usually thoroughly encrypted and encoded.

Potential Exploiters of This Security Threat

There are a number of different entities that would be interested in exploiting this security threat. Anyone with decent equipment and hacking know how could hack into the broadcast and see everything that the drone is seeing. For example, about eight years ago, terrorists in Iraq were able to use easily accessible software to hack into feeds that were being broadcast live from Predator drones owned by the United States military. This allowed them to get intelligence that made US military operations impossible to complete successfully.

Additionally, there is a serious problem with DJI drones related to encryption. The radio signals that are broadcast from these drones are not encrypted in any way, which makes these drones extremely easy to hack into. An example of how easy this company’s drones are to hack into can be seen in the fact that a Russian company was able to modify the firmware of particular drones to override limitations that prevented the drones from entering no fly areas. While DJI did claim that they have removed this firmware modification and have made it impossible for it to happen again, it should be noted that this was extremely easy to do the first time around. Hence, there is always going to be a chance that drones made by DJI would be vulnerable to attack via outside parties. We have already learned about how the CIA was able to use smartphones to spy on people. This shows that a DJI drone can also be extremely dangerous, as it can be used through similar means and makes a much more useful spy device.

It is also important to address the elephant in the room: DJI is a Chinese company. It is not breaking news that the United States does not have the best relationship with China. Indeed, after the cold war, these two countries have been rivals through and through. China has consistently been at the forefront of computer based warfare techniques and is one of the only countries that could truly match the power possessed by the US itself. Hence, the United States army might be suspicious about DJI, suspecting that the company might be a front for a Chinese agency that wants to gain intelligence on military tactics and other aspects of the US army.

It should be noted that DJI is a private organization, at least from what evidence can be easily found. There is no evidence stating that DJI has any connections with the Chinese government, nor has the company behaved in such a way that would make it seem like it wants to obtain government contracts. That being said, companies in Silicon Valley don’t have any overt connection to both the US government as well as the US military, but in spite of this, the Edward Snowden leaks proved that there was some aspect of the tech industry working in conjunction with the intelligence agencies based in the US. Intelligence agencies such as the NSA seemed to have unhindered access to the servers of companies as big as Facebook and Google, and all of these shady on goings occurred in one of the most powerful democracies in the world. Hence, it is understandable that the US military would be afraid of China doing something similar to this

How DJI Reacted To This Ban

DJI’s reaction to this ban has been rather odd, all things considered. They had apparently not been informed about the ban and were “surprised and disappointed” when they found out about it according to the verge. The United States military had apparently failed to communicate to DJI that they felt that their products were unsafe. According to the report, DJI is going to try and reach out to the US military and attempt to ascertain the source of the security threat and deal with it. It is unknown if the military would be willing to engage, however. They seemed pretty adamant about banning the use of all DJI devices, and are probably not going to want anything to do with the company anymore.

Conclusion

About half a decade ago, Huawei faced circumstances similar to the ones that DJI is facing right now. This Chinese company was also suspected to be influenced by the government and was investigated as a potential state actor. The legal imbroglio stretched on for several years, with the case going to court several times. There was no evidence that Huawei had anything to do with the government, so the case did not actually lead to anything at all. This case might be similar, but you never know. When you are looking at a world of espionage and cyber warfare, it can be easy to become complacent because the evidence is never properly visible. Maybe this time around the United States army is actually on to something. If the allegations are true, then DJI presents a threat not just to the United States military but to the entire country. Only time will tell whether the ban is justified or not.

It should be noted that the fact that only DJI is being banned is rather odd. It is not the only drone manufacturer based in China. Indeed, there are some other companies that manufacture drones as well, and their encryption is no better than that of DJI. Why, then, is DJI being targeted? These other drones have cameras and broadcast over an easily hackable frequency too, after all. While it is important not to speculate too much or make any undue claims at this point in time, the fact that only DJI out of all of the Chinese drone manufacturers is being banned is rather odd and is certainly a worthy line of inquiry. The majority of smartphones in America are created by American companies, and yet so many of our drones are Chinese. It is possible that the US military will be looking into this at a later date.

How to Take Great Pictures During The Day

As a photographer, you can either love or hate the daytime. A lot of photographers tend to enjoy daytime photography quite a bit because it would allow them to take advantage of the golden hour, a time of the day when all photographs look absolutely stunning. Photographers also appreciate the fact that during the day you have potential stretches of time where you would get phenomenal lighting that you can’t reproduce unless you have ridiculously expensive equipment and the patience to wait for specific situations where you would gain access to this kind of lighting.

On the other hand, there are a lot of people that hate the idea of their photography being subject to something that is not under their control. Artists tend to be very obsessive and controlling, and during the day you usually don’t have any option apart from waiting for the right moment. There is also the fact that the clouds can make or break your picture, and you would be subject to their movements. After all, as glorious as clouds can look in a picture, it is also important to note that you might not be going for that kind of vibe.

Hence, you need to learn to adapt to the way things are. As a photographer, it is your responsibility to make the best of the situation, because paying clients are going to want results no matter what. There are several ways for you to make the most of daylight conditions, and if you practice enough you will find yourself craving daylight because you would have become so adept at manipulating it!

One example of a situation where the light might not be on your side is to take into account the model’s skin tone or the color of the clothes she is wearing. Having the model block out the sun in your shot can create some powerful images with lighter skinned models, and you can use more direct sunlight the darker the model’s skin tone is. It is important that you learn to manipulate the sunlight to your advantage. A common problem that occurs in such situations involves sun gazing shots. These shots are always in high demand, but the problem here is that the model can end up squinting which would not look very good at all. Framing the picture in such a way that the model can tilt her head without looking directly at the sun can help you overcome this problem with ease.

However, these techniques all involve golden hour photo shoots. Any photographer would know that golden hour photo shoots are not always going to be possible. There are going to be times when you would have a photo shoot scheduled at a time like noon, and this is really going to be inconvenient because noon light is quite abrasive and can saturate all of your pictures. Thankfully, there is a way for you to handle this situation with ease. All you have to do is take your model into a shaded area. This shaded area would still be fairly brightly lit due to the noon sun, but it would not be so bright as to make your contrast settings useless. If you are worried about getting adequate lighting, try to get a white wall in the background. This would provide sufficient reflection which would allow for top notch shots to be taken in spite of the daylight conditions.

A way to further improve conditions during daylight is to make the daylight work for you. Reflectors are a good place to start because they can allow you to focus the light into spots that need it more than others. The Flexfill Collapsible Reflector is excellent for such purposes. It has a gold side if you want yellow tinged, sharp light as well as a white surface if the light you need is a bit on the softer side. Further softer light can be acquired through the use of diffusion scrims. These sheets of fabric break the light apart, diffusing it in such a way that the intensity of the light is reduced without providing any actual shade, thus helping you emulate golden hour conditions without actually having to wait for that particular period of time.

There are situations where none of these techniques would work, however. On a windy day, for example, your scrims and reflectors might end up being useless because you would not be able to make them stay in place. In such situations you might be tempted to call the whole shoot off, but rather than making such a drastic decision you should consider going for something a little more practical like using strobes. Strobe lights can really change the lighting dynamic in your pictures, making them excellent tools for you to look into. The main benefit of strobes is that you can emulate studio conditions in the great outdoors. A lot of photographers prefer studio conditions after all. That being said, it is important to note that a lot of the time strobe lighting would diffuse oddly in outdoor conditions which can be quite unflattering to your model.

As a photographer, you are going to have to improve your daylight photography skills. If you love daylight photography, but only in the golden hour, you have to become a great deal more versatile if you want to succeed. Additionally, if you prefer the studio setting, you are going to have to come to terms with the fact that you won’t get that type of setting at all times. If you want to turn your photography passion into a viable career, you will have to learn how to make the daylight work for you. As can be plainly seen above, there are so many techniques available for you to use that there is absolutely no reason for you to worry about how you are going to improve your abilities as a daylight photographer.

Zeiss to Buy Stake in Leica?

Zeiss has made waves in the past few years after a successful collaboration with Nokia which completely changed the way cameras are used in phones. Now, the company may be looking to expand by purchasing a forty-five percent stake in the company Leica that is currently on offer.

This forty-five percent stake is being sold by its current owners, Blackstone Investments, and according to a report by Reuters, both Zeiss and Huawei look to be interested. One interesting development is that Zeiss would be willing to buy the shares, which are collectively worth about 375 million dollars, only if they can buy six percent more to obtain majority ownership of the company.

This poses a problem because the majority share is currently owned by the Kaufmann family who owns the remaining fifty-five percent of the company. It is unlikely that the family would want to part with their majority ownership of Leica, so for the moment the negotiations are at a standstill. It is important to note that bidding has not yet begun, so it is possible that these reports would end up not going anywhere.

Killing The Rock – A Poignant Documentary of How Creativity Can Save Us All

The key to a genuinely good movie is creating something that has a solid narrative. Too often are we bogged down by things like camera angles and cinematography, and as a result, the real purpose of a movie is lost: telling a story. Even documentaries are meant to have a string of narrative running through them that would help bring the whole film together, and many documentaries miss this mark. Killing the Rock exemplifies the epitome of filmmaking, particularly where documentaries are concerned, and it does so in spite of its exceedingly short runtime of five minutes.

Set amidst the backdrop of one of the most heart rending humanitarian crises of our time, the Syrian refugee crisis, Killing the Rock speaks of the redemptive power of art and how it can represent an intimate connection between all human souls. It focuses on one Syrian refugee, in particular, a man by the name of Abu Raja, and his art form of choice is sculpting. After abandoning his life in Syria, he is forced to start from scratch in neighboring Jordan where this film catches up with him.

The narrative of this film manages to beautifully humanize the refugee crisis and present the Syrian refugees as human beings rather than statistics which is how they are so often portrayed by our media. Through the tale of Abu Raja, we are able to learn many lessons that apply to our own lives as well. Indeed, the director of the film, who produced this documentary on a very tight budget and used several indie and guerilla filmmaking techniques, managed to tie his experience making the film into the subject matter of the documentary as well. Here are some of the lessons we all can learn about art and life from this moving portrayal of how indomitable the human spirit can be.

Work on What You Care About

Your choice of project can end up making or breaking the artistic endeavor overall. Even if the endeavor is not particularly artistic, it is important to note that you need to pick your battles. This isn’t just isolated to the what of your project either. Your “how” is affected a great deal by this mindset as well. If you want to do something, get it done in any way possible. You don’t have to conform to the standard work process that people tout as being the best. You can create your own process as well.

A good example can be seen in the documentary itself. The director of this documentary needed to get things done on a tight budget, which meant that a lot of the conventional techniques he might have gone for would have been difficult to apply. Hence, instead of trying to do what he couldn’t, he made the best of what he had. This goes to show that you can alter your techniques to fit your resources, and this applies to artistic preferences as well.

Express Yourself Through Your Art

The next condition your art needs to meet is that of self-expression. Once you know that a particular artistic pursuit will conform to the things you care about, you need to ask yourself if you are honestly expressing your inner thoughts through this art. All real craft comes from within, and you can see this in Abu Raja’s sculptures. He comes from a land that has been torn apart by war, and his sculptures are often his only outlet for emotions that he hasn’t yet fully processed.

You can follow this dynamic as well. We all have things that we are struggling to express. While the vast majority of us are lucky enough not to have things quite as dark as Abu Raja is going through, we still leave things unsaid. You can use your craft to talk about what your words can’t. Just like Abu Raja, you can create things that would help people understand what goes on inside your mind. This is just one of the many ways in which art can connect all of humanity because no matter how different we are we all experience the same kinds of emotions.

Never Give Up

If there is one extremely poignant lesson that we can learn from Abu Raja, it is that we should never give up on our dreams. Whether we are talking about artistic pursuits or life in general, roadblocks are things that we are going to have to deal with on a regular basis. It can be easy to get a sense of hopelessness when we are faced with a roadblock because we start to look at ourselves as failures. However, failure does not mean that you are never going to be able to finish what you started.

Just look at Abu Raja. He had to leave his entire life behind, and one can only imagine how much art he had to abandon to get to safety. And yet, in spite of all of this hardship, he perseveres. Another thing you can take away from this is that you should always be pushing your boundaries. As long as you consistently try to get out of your comfort zone, you will always be able to make the most of your artistic endeavors every single time. The film portrays this tenacity and determination in Abu Raja beautifully.

Pack Light

This is one piece of advice that you can get specifically for film related pursuits. The film crew for Killing the Rock did not have a lot of time to plan things out nor did they have the sort of budget that would pay for excess baggage. They had to pack as lightly as possible and make do with whatever they were able to bring. While this was not exactly an ideal situation for anyone involved, it is important to note that it pushed them to do new and exciting things with their art. They did not have the same technological advances to rely on, and so they had to focus on honing their craft according to the situation instead.

You can apply this logic to virtually all aspects of your art. Whatever it is that you do, try not to rely on your equipment too much. Instead, focus on using your natural skills to help yourself grow. This is without a doubt the best way for you to create something that would be an artistic challenge for you, and in the process of overcoming this challenge, you would be able to create something that you would be truly proud of.

Work With Others

While there are certain artistic pursuits that you could refer to as solo efforts, collaborative work is infinitely more rewarding. You would be able to bounce ideas off of your teammates and collaborators, and whatever ideas you have will be critiqued so that you can get an objective opinion about them. This can help you avoid being overly critical of yourself because your artistic peers would be providing you with criticism that would be valid. After all, people can be overly critical of themselves at times.

It would also help to have people that are your artistic equals. This way you would not be comparing yourself to them all the time. Rather, you would be focusing on how they can complete your artistic circle instead. By allowing them to do the things you can’t, and doing for them the things that they are unable to do, you would be able to get a much more fulfilling artistic experience. You can see this collaborative effort in the documentary since the entire film would not have been possible without the input and creativity of every single member of the crew.

How to Share Photographing Duties With a Videographer

Photographers occupy a unique space in the artistic community. We tend to have more paid opportunities than a lot of musicians and painters, and these paid opportunities tend to be less soul crushing than those that other creative individuals would have to put themselves through. Hence, we tend to be rather protective of our territory and are often chagrined when we have to share our duties with someone else.

Unfortunately, in the world of photography, there are going to be several instances where you would have to work alongside another person with a camera in their hands. This is because videographers are often hired separately, and you two would have to work together to handle the task at hand in the best way possible. Since we are talking about a creative clash between two highly territorial artists, things can get pretty hairy. Luckily, there are ways for you two to work together without being at each other’s throats the whole time. Read on to get some tips on how to make this cooperation as easy as possible.

Communication

Whether you like it or not, you are going to be working with the videographer for a significant period of time. If you want this period of time to be as productive as possible for the both of you, it is important that you open a line of communication.

One thing is for certain, neither of you is going to be all that eager to start introductions off. However, it is absolutely imperative that introductions actually occur, so it might as well be you that takes this all important first step.

Try to be as cordial as possible. Start off with your name, tell them you’re the photographer, mention how the two of you would be working together. Who knows, if you are friendly enough the two of you might become friends. After all, you are both in similar fields, so there is base for you to build on.

Exchange Ideas

As an artist, planning is one of the most important aspects of your creative process. Hence, while you may be unwilling to change things up for somebody else, you need to realize that the other person is just as ardent about their creative process as well. Hence, the two of you need to exchange ideas, decide on an aesthetic and then follow it. You can meet halfway and create a game plan that would be suitable for everyone involved.

Decide on Your Turfs

Just because you have to work together does not mean you have to be close to each other at all times. You can just set aside space for each other according to your needs! For example, you can take pictures of the guests on one side while the videographer focuses on the food for a little while. This way you won’t be getting in each other’s way, and each of you would be able to work according to your preferences.