5 Photography Myths Beginners Should Ignore

When you are new to photography, it is not uncommon to be bombarded with a wide variety of (often conflicting) advice on what gear to buy, how to shoot, how to run a business, and more. Some of that advice is genuinely helpful, and some is incorrect or even downright harmful. This helpful video essay discusses five common photography myths heard by beginners and why you should not fall prey to them.

Coming to you from John Branch IV Photography, this excellent video essay discusses some common photography myths beginners are exposed to and what you should really focus on. One that can end up costing you a lot of unnecessary money is the idea that professionals only shoot with full frame cameras. A decade ago, full frame had a marked advantage in areas like noise performance and often had much better lenses available (though you can use many full frame lenses on crop sensors), but nowadays, crop sensors and lenses are far more capable, and many pros prefer them for their lighter weight, smaller size, and lower cost, opting for cameras such as Fujifilm's excellent X Series line of bodies. Full frame is great, but you don't always need it. Check out the video above for the full rundown.

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9 Comments

Alex Yakimov's picture

It is better TO WANT to max out your knowledge on how to use what you have already then your credit card. (:

Lee Christiansen's picture

You can always crop in post to give the results of a crop camera, (particularly with the high resolutions we're being offered.

But you can't replicate the same depth of field effects with a crop camera than a full frame.

So I'd always recommend a full frame camera. It gives you more creative opportunities with depth - and without always having to resort to more expensive lenses with huge apertures.

Timothy Turner's picture

That's fine until you make an enlargement , a full frame camera has the same size frame as a 35mm film camera which will enlarge to 8x12, so you are losing 25% of your picture area anyway.

Hunter Chan's picture

And if you are shooting macro with a full frame, the depth of field effects...Urggh!

Stuart Carver's picture

So you think a beginner should be buying a 45mp full frame camera (and lenses) because they can 'crop to the size of APS-C' in post..... erm ok then.

Billy Paul's picture

Only idiot photographers think depth of field effects are so valuable because you have to spend an extra $1000 on a lens to get a little bit more of them.

Normal people think you have a crap camera if you can't get nose and ears in focus.

jim hughes's picture

You can do absolutely everything with today's APS-C systems and enjoy smaller, lighter gear. Nothing is being "croppped" in APS-C and there's nothing "full" about full frame.

Buying the FF hype just leads you into wasting time on gearhead sites, pixel peeping, and comparing specs that won't have any real impact on your work.