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An Important Reminder That The Camera You Have Is Enough

We are absolutely inundated with gear news and discussion every single day from all corners of the internet, and while gear can certainly be a lot of fun, it is important to remember that it is the means, not the end. This important video will show you that you can create fantastic images even with a camera that is 15 years old. 

Coming to you from Jason Friend Photography, this great video follows him as he creates landscape images with a 15-year-old camera. It is important to remember that even 15 years ago, photographers were creating perfectly compelling photos that stand up just as well today. Sure, it may have taken a little more work to get around the limitations imposed by the equipment at the time, but with the proper technique and creative vision, photographers could make dazzling photos. It is good to look back on these and remember that while modern gear certainly makes our lives easier, save for extreme needs, it is not always absolutely necessary. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Friend. 

And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out our latest tutorial, "Photographing the World: Japan With Elia Locardi!" 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Seems to me photographers have been making great images since the first camera was invented. Clearly it's not the camera that matters.

With NEW today's Software vs past you will get better with today's SW

There is one thing I do and that is to go back to old files of even my old point and shoot also even my first images using my A7s of 2014 and play and compare. There are a few things young and new photographers do not know that us older and users of SW of the years past is say a Canon T2i we had to use Canon SW to edit. Why you may ask! it is because the best years ago Ps/Lr cost $800 + for each and each full upgrade version, that was the cost of a T2i and two kit lenses in 2009. A hobbyist could not come close to afford. Sony users where given a gift in the beginning ('14) Capture 1 (most like Lr of today) was only $30. It still was years from good noise control and used Topaz way back then to help. no one will remember when Lr and C1 got dust removal, the real start of today's AI. I praise, in my mind, for what the young programers do every year. Also the day other software makers started with just $100 or less shortly after is when PS and Lr came with a yearly less than $100. Today most everyone has 4 to 6 post processing programs and several on phone apps to help plan a capture. The image taken in '15 of the Florida caverns using no tipod (not allowed) handheld using a bungee cord and camera strap with the A7s and the Voigtlander 10mm f/ 5.6, the great thing it was light down there but using C1.

Ales Cooke wrote:

"An Important Reminder That The Camera You Have Is Enough"

Enough? Enough for what?

There are many different types of images that I want to take - images that I have in my mind's eye - that I can not take with the gear that I currently own. And I own thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars worth of bodies and lenses.

Don't need to be reminded. There's usually an article very similar to this ever other week. And my reply is always the same: If you want new stuff and it's in the budget, buy it! It's your money AND we need the camera companies viable, read, making a profit, so that they can continue to make stuff for us to talk about here. ;-)