THREE DAYS - THREE DIFFERENT CAMERAS - Panasonic FZ1000, Sigma DP2 Quattro, Nikon Df

The last three days I've been shooting stock photographs with three different cameras.

Some glorious sunset light with Panasonic FZ1000.

Multi image 'panoramic' stitches with Sigma DP2 Quattro.

Early morning frost with Nikon Df and 28-200mm zoom.

It's rare that I use the same camera / lens combination two days running. Firstly because I have rather a lot to choose from and secondly because it's a good idea to 'mix it up' in terms of what I shoot with, so that I have a varied selection of images available for sale on the stock sites that sell my work. 

Each combination has different strengths (and weaknesses of course) and using different set ups changes what I shoot and how I shoot. Fortunately I'm in the position to be able to do this and vary the tools I use to create images and it is useful to vary the whole creative process. I remember an interview with David Bailey who stated that he never decided what camera / lens to shoot with until he arrived at the job. There's also something I read from Snowden years ago, who said that he liked to use some piece of equipment he's never used before for his work. 

I've always believed it's important to keep my work fresh and not get stuck in the same old habits. Using different formats and techniques and processing files in different ways means that I have a body of work available for sale that hopefully doesn't all look the same. For a stock photographer this is useful and commercially advantageous. For photographers on commission, they can be hired because of a certain style they have developed but just as likely because they have shown themselves to be adaptable and able to work in different ways without turning out what they always have. There are lots of cases of photographers who were once in demand but who were unable to respond to changes in taste and suffered accordingly. 

It sounds like a good idea to have a particular outfit that you are comfortable with, but it's also important for a professional photographer to demonstrate an ability to use different gear and create different kinds of images. The creative don't stand still, either aesthetically or technically and that applies across the whole spectrum of artistic endeavour. Using a different camera may not seem that much of a big deal, but for me it's one element in my attempts to produce a varied and visually interesting portfolio. And for what I do, that's pretty much essential. 

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There is an interesting article on the BBC website HERE, which deals with many of the issues above.

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David Taylor-Hughes