“That’s it, I’ve decided.”
I was listening to an episode of Chase Jarvis Live Show about photography and creativity. Usually, when photographers gives advice, it’s aimed towards people starting out and includes a version of “it’s never about the camera, it’s about how you use it”. Which certainly holds a lot of truth. In this interview though, someone pointed out that sometimes, upgrading your gear might be exactly what you need if you feel stuck.
That was the letter of approval I needed to make up my mind. I’ve had my Canon 5D Mark II for almost eight years. We’ve traveled the world together. We have shoot dance portraits, weddings, pregnant friends, babies, even cars. It has never failed me. But eight years is a long time and the updated model was released just months after I got mine. I considered continuing with Canon and go for the latest version of my model. After all, I knew it would deliver.
Here’s the other factor though, I wasn’t only upgrading for quality, I was upgrading to feel like a beginner again. To have fresh eyes, to be forced to be aware of what I was doing. I could have managed my 5D blindfolded and possible even with my hands tied.
Long story short (erhm), inspired by Jamie Beck who frequently shares her work with this model, I finally settled for Sony a7R III. And last week I got my new favorite lens to go with it, Sigma Art 35mm, f1.4. Editing these high-resolution files is the absolute dream. Pixels aren’t everything, but having 42mp to play with gives you so much freedom, and I haven’t felt this inspired to shoot in years.
Hell, I might even begin to update Instagram on a regular basis again. 🤯
PS: If anyone in Berlin want to meet up and do some collaborating and take portraits in fun locations, beep me!