You Are What You Shoot?

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

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 magazine reviews of a digital SLR. If you are what you drive, are you also what you shoot?

I think you should use the information I offer on this and my website only as a guide and should use whatever kind of camera you like and can afford. I strongly believe that the kind of attitude that you bring to a shoot is more important than the equipment.

If you really want to know what kind of gear I use and have purchased with my own money—there are no freebies, at least not for me— information about the gear that use to photograph cars (and other stuff) is included on the Gear page.

For example, the image of my CLA 250 (above) was shot while I was on my ways to Cars & Coffee at the Vehicle Vault. It was made with an Olympus E-M10 Mark I and 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R kit lens with an exposure of 1/250 sec at f/9 and ISO 320. That’s also why, unlike some blogs, I also try to include exposure data whenever I can.

Please know that when I  mention specific equipment or software it does not constitute a product endorsement. That’s because I am not employed by, under contract or personally sponsored by any company to create content to promote their products. Nobody pays me to write about their products.

When I review new cameras and lenses  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. I want to tell you about is: Does the equipment work as advertised and is it a good value? That’s my only bias.

PS: And if you read my long-term test of my CLA 250 you know that I’m not a paid Mercedes- Benz blogger.



Along with photographer Barry Staver, I’m co-author of Better Available Light Digital Photography that’s available from Amazon for $21.88 prices with used copies selling at giveaway prices—less than four bucks, as I write this, which is cheaper than your morning Starbucks coffee.