When it comes to a camera, does size matter?
For the last five months, I have been using Nikon 5300 instead of the Canon 6D (My cruel mistress canon – Five tips to taking okay photos). Why switch to a Nikon? Well according to many photographers and online reviews – Nikon is the best for photography work. A skill I thought I should give all to perfect.
When my colleagues saw my new camera, they made fun on how small it was compared to the Canon 6D and their models of Nikon. It was all in good fun. Even as we laughed, I asked them when it comes to a camera, does size matter? Isn’t the whole point to take great photos?
This is not a review of the new camera but advocacy for “embracing change”. Sometimes change is thrust upon you or you can be brave and want the change. If you want to change for yourself, here are some tips to get you through it;
At first, failure is a must
After being been used to primarily adjusting the ISO to take sharp photos with a fixture aperture, now I have had to learn the aperture and shutter speed settings as well. I get a lot of dark, overexposed and fuzzy photos before getting the settings right. It can be disheartening especially when I miss to capture a great moment in the field or at a conference. However, I have come to learn that failure is part of the process.
Focus on the main reason for the change
For fear of just being an okay photographer and videographer, I saw it best to perfect one thus chose photography and left videographer on the new-skills-to-learn list. Remembering the reason why I changed cameras helps me get over the self-doubts and frustrations during photography assignments.
Soak in the new experience
The downs will be more than ups; as humans we innately inclined to dwell on the downs. It is the down experience (real or imagined) that one gets to learn more. With every fuzzy and dark photo, I get to know what I have done wrong thus would not repeat next time. And this goes for a good photo taken too, I get to learn which settings work for different situations.
Discover first then adjust to suit you
All I look for is a good sharp photo of my subject(s) or whether it is conveying the story I want it to tell. I’m fond of the manual setting because I can adjust both shutter speed and aperture. Discovering what works for you is part of the change; so have fun with it.
Success will be sweet in the end
At the beginning of any change, fear of failure can paralyse you to not leave what is comfortable. Focus on the positive. Whenever I take a good photo, I make mentally congratulate myself for the job well done. Always celebrate the wins no matter how small.
Coming fast or slow, change is sneaky and parking the power of a steamroller. The only way to survive is to adjust to it as best as you can.