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. 


As a full-time photographer I make my living from selling images on Stock Photography sites. Writing this blog and doing the comparison tests takes time away from that and earns me very little. If you find what you read here of interest, then you can help me to fund the gear I buy to review, by clicking on the adsense banners, donating and / or buying your gear from the affiliate links. You don't pay any extra, I get a small commission. 

Previously I was posting on the free, Blogger platform, but this site, with it's greatly increased functionality, costs me money and the more it expands, the more it will cost.  If I can get THE SOUNDIMAGEPLUS BLOG economically viable, then I will be able to review a lot more gear and extend and expand those reviews. Running a blog these days that competes with the best out there requires a lot of time and effort and is close to a full-time job. This means that I'm neglecting other work to put that time in. It is my intention to turn this into a much more comprehensive review and user experience site and I can only do that if I can get it to generate more income. 

This site, like much of the internet, has free content and like much of the internet is funded by advertising and donations. I realise that not everybody likes advertising, but without it many of our favourite sites would have to resort to charging for what they do. Google, Facebook and all the other social networks sites remain free because of that advertising. 

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

Many Thanks

David Taylor-Hughes