You Are What You Shoot?

In the car world it’s long been a somewhat incorrect, I think, axiom that “you are what you drive.” All this was was running though my mind while reading e-mail from a reader about one of my Shutterbug reviews of a digital SLR. If you are what you drive, are you also What You Shoot?

I love hearing from readers and while most of my e-mail is from people asking for help with a technical problem, on occasions I get an e-mail that’s not entirely friendly. Recently a reader wrote complaining about what he perceived as a bias in my Shutterbug review of a Nikon DSLR, which was surprising to me considering I’d also heard from Nikon USA about the same article thanking me for what they considered an even-handed review.

Because readers like to know this kind of stuff, information about the gear I use to photograph cars (and other stuff) is included in my blog posts and on the Gear page. That’s also why I also try to include exposure data when I can. For example, the image of my CLA 250 (above) was shot with an Olympus E-M10 Mark I and 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R with an exposure of 1/250 sec at f/9 and ISO 320

I think you should use all of this information as a guide and shoot whatever kind of camera you like and can afford. I strongly believe the attitude you bring to a shoot is more important than the equipment. If you really want to know what kind of gear I use and purchased with my own money—there are no freebies, at least not for me.

When I review equipment I try to put myself in the position of a reader who wants to know how well the gear works. I’ve criticized cameras from all manufacturers because I’m not a fanboy of any particular brand. If I am biased at all it’s toward the truth, as I see it anyway, about a particular product and not based on its name or how many pros shoot it at the Super Bowl or how many celebrities use the camera. Few of us will get to photograph the Super Bowl and fewer yet of us are celebrities. I want to tell you about is: Does the equipment work as advertised and is it a good value? That’s my only bias.

light.bookJoe, along with photographer Barry Staver are co-authors of Better Available Light Digital Photography that’s now out-of-print but new copies are available at collector (high) prices or used copies for giveaway prices—less than six bucks—from Amazon.