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I often get asked about whether or not to upgrade from crop sensor to full-frame sensor. Yet, most of the time, I try to steer the conversation to the work that’s being created and not the gear used to create it.
Don’t get me wrong. I love gear and am a total gear-head. I’ve shot all different formats and while I have my personal preferences, they’re not meant for everyone. Sure, it’s cool to check the EXIF data and see what gear was used to make a photo, but that doesn’t mean you have to run out and upgrade. Sometimes, just changing your workflow or trying new techniques can affect your photography way more than replacing gear.
Once upon a time, full-frame sensor cameras had an advantage with better ISO performance, faster focusing, and availability of better lenses to name a few differences. If you were a pro, it was a no-brainer. Wedding shooters, sports shooters popped on a full-frame DSLR for the obvious reasons. And if money was no object, well, then maybe you picked up one of those nifty little cameras with the red dot on the front.
My little Fuji cameras with their APS-C sensors, produce spectacular images. They handle low light really well and some of them even focus fast and shoot lots of frames per second.
But really people, let’s put a stop all the pixel peeping! Let’s fuggetabout DXO scores. Who REALLY cares about all of those specs. The difference in sensor size from an APS-C to 35mm full-frame camera is like the difference between a Grande and Venti Starbucks. Not much difference people!
I’ve made prints from my 5DMKIII and my X100s. There’s not much difference in quality if at all. In fact, some of my favorite prints were shot with my Fuji.
For the vast majority of what I shoot, speed isn’t important. I tether my camera to my computer when I shoot for most of my client work. It’s an important part of my workflow and for that reason, I hang on to my Canon gear, but quite frankly, I’d much prefer to shoot Fuji. Smaller, lighter, and spectacular image quality.
So please stop pixel peeping. Stop the flame wars about camera brands and sensors. Spend more time shooting. At the end of the day, if the image is there, it doesn’t matter what gear you used to get it. Rather than sink a ton of dough into gear, think about booking a trip. Just get out there and do it and don’t waste your time thinking that buying a fancy camera will make you a better photographer.
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“I’ve had my body manipulated so many different times for so many different reasons, whether it’s paparazzi photographers or for film posters.” Keira Knightley
“That was one of the ones where I said, ‘OK, I’m fine doing the topless shot so long as you don’t make them any bigger or retouch.’ Because it does feel important to say it really doesn’t matter what shape you are.” Keira Knightley
“I think women’s bodies are a battleground and photography is partly to blame,” she says. “Our society is so photographic now, it becomes more difficult to see all of those different varieties of shape.” Keira Knightley
I am sure you are wondering why I would do something like this. Simple, I thought it would be fun to try and replicate everything about her photo. Her goal was to do a topless shoot but not allow any manipulating or photoshoping to be done whatsoever. There is nothing wrong with being who you are and being secure with it.
Getting ready to post this image started getting me thinking about how you can’t post woman on Facebook or Instagram topless but it’s perfectly fine for me to go shirtless.
What is the world afraid of? You hear it’s to protect the children, but they are bombarded on the news with things that are far more scaring. A simple internet search will take you to porn or people getting their heads cut off.
So what’s wrong with nudity that is art that is beautiful and natural? If you don’t like it don’t look at it but don’t dictate to others what they can and can not look at. I guess this falls under the FREE the nipple campaign.
Keira Knightley Photo’s taken by Patrick Demarchelier for Interview Magazine. The original article and photos can be seen below or by clicking here.