Being from the valley, we have probably all heard of Ansel Adams. His photographs of Yosemite are timeless. He once said, “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.” A camera is but one piece in the photographer’s arsenal. With a good camera, a lot of experience, an eye for detail, (and in today’s world, photo editing software and experience), the professional photographer can transform an OK image into one that is beautiful and you’ll want on your walls for years.
As a registered Professional Photographer, I’ve committed to the mastry of this craft. Still not convinced? Take a look at these examples below. All of these were shot with the same “good camera” and in the same general location at the same time; the ones on the left captured by an amateur and the ones on the right by a pro. Who do you want to trust to capture your memories?
Is my camera and gear more pricey than the average person would have? Sure. The higher end camera gives me the ability to produce larger prints for my clients. Were I not in this business, I wouldn’t need it. I started off on a second-hand Canon AE-1 (35-mm Film) and learned the nuance of the craft. Step by step, mistake by mistake, until I arrived at a place where I can consistently produce great images…images I’m proud of.
Now, scroll down. Can you see the difference? Who do you want to work with you on your project? The professional photographer or the amateur?