Before you make an investment in new camera equipment, it’s a good thing to know what you plan to do with it. I know it seems like there’s an obvious answer. You’re going to take pictures with it…duh! But, if you look past the obvious, you’ll realize that every time you buy a new piece of equipment, you’re also making an investment in the time it takes to learn how to use it, in the storage space it takes to carry it, and the additional add-ons you’ll need to buy so it works the way you want it to.
So before I buy new photo toys, I try to figure out how the new equipment will fit into my lifestyle. Will I use it a lot? Will it make my photography better? Can I do something similar with the equipment I already have? I know I have a limited amount of accessible space in my Roadtrek Agile motorhome, so I need to make sure I get the biggest bang for my buck.
But this story isn’t about what I would buy. It’s about you. So, take a minute and think about the subjects you really like to photograph. If you’re the type of photographer who only likes to take pictures of one thing, such as birds, or landscapes or your grandkids, you’ve got some easy, though not necessarily cheap, choices to make. But if you’re the type of photographer, like me and my wife Rochelle, who like to shoot anything and everything, your choices are much more difficult. Continue reading