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Best Tool For The Job Photography Vlog

January 18, 2020

Hey, this is Scott of Photography Banzai. Today we’re going to talk
about using the right tool for the job. A lot of people are critical of things
like phones. It’s understandable if you’re super into photography. But in my
case a lot of my channel, a lot of what I do is just casual. Trying to enjoy
photography. Trying to enjoy going out… Just doing something, so if you have
phone on-hand it works out. I have been critical of cameras where they have
small sensors and small aperture lenses. Like those big bridge cameras. Super
zooms, so I’m really just critical of those because I try to understand or
think about what a person expects from spending a given amount of money. So if
they’re gonna go buy a dedicated camera and they are probably expecting it to be
better than their phone in a number of ways. Now, it will be. Especially with the
long zoom lens, but they might not be thinking about other things that someone
that has spent more time learning about it might know. And might expect from a
given camera. So when I’m critical of those type of things, that’s really where
it’s coming from. I do think they are useful cameras in many ways. Some tasks
require higher-end gear. If you’re doing things professionally, of course, you’ll
probably want to use high quality equipment that you can expect a certain
level of quality from. So your lenses, larger aperture maybe. That way if you
use a smaller aperture you’ll probably get higher quality from that lens. Or a
larger sensor. Just things like that where it does make a difference. You just
have to know and learn what will work best for the given situation, for what
you’re trying to do. Let’s talk a little bit about a phone as a camera. What does
it give you? It gives you a small size most likely. It gives you a touch
interface. so with that ergonomics are important in a camera, in my opinion. I
think that’s one of the most important things. If you’re looking for a camera,
try to get your hands on it. Try to use it…
Ergonomics in, my opinion, are not good at all with phones for photography. You have
the touch interface, but it’s difficult to use. Especially in cold situations
like this in the winter. The phone is just gonna be really challenging to use. Your
gloves might have the touch capability to them like these. But still it’s
difficult. So that’s a big drawback for phones is that ergonomics. You look at
the bridge cameras. They’re all-in-one. The drawbacks would be the
small sensor size. Because if you want a huge zoom lens on a bridge camera you’re
not gonna be mounting a large sensor in there. Because it’s just… the lens will be
much larger as well. So those are the drawbacks or something like that. I think
one of the main skills to learn with all of that is understanding what will work
best for what you’re trying to do. Ice is super-crunchy loud… One of the things I
do with my youtube channel is I try to promote casual photography. If you’d like
walking around. Take a camera out with you, and get some photos in. Enjoy that
along with it. Doesn’t always have to be focused on professional stuff. I don’t
see anything wrong with photography as a hobby, as a profession, as anything… It’s
really up to you. The main thing is finding out what interests you the most.
Finding out what your goals are. And with equipment, trying to find something that
works best for what you are trying to do. So if I see someone say: “What’s the best
came out of A or B???” You’ve got to give me some context, because I can’t answer it
like that. There might be some features that work
better. Are implemented better in one camera or another. But besides that
generally anything out these days is good enough for most use cases. When
we’re talking like a full camera, decent size sensor… You can go and take,
like I used the M50s at a wedding. I think photos turned out okay. It isn’t the best
thing to use in that situation for sure. Because there’s a lot of challenges with
a camera like that. It’s missing stuff. But it can work. Trying to decide what’s
best out of A or B camera, you got to really think about it. And think about
what you’re trying to do. See, with phones I’m struggling to press the record on
there. There we go! So I’ve got my little B camera going. I
keep tapping on the screens they’re just not registering anything. Having a camera,
almost any dedicated camera, but especially ones with a lot of nice large
buttons.. dials.. where having gloves on is so much easier. Another important aspect
of the channel I’m trying to push and promote is using photography as
therapeutic. And it also gets you to go out and do things if I were not making videos
and not doing photography, I wouldn’t be going out in this cold weather…
to make a video about this. So finding a goal, finding a reason to get into
photography or videography or anything that has even just a slight interest to
you at the start is good. Try to embrace it. Try to go for it. Little things just
to test it out and see if it connects with you. So with these videos that I do, I try to show you what I’m interested in. What I
do. What I focus on, and it’s up to you to decide if it’s something that has a
similar interest to you. Or something that won’t work out. You’ll see that.
You’ll see me do the things that you don’t like, and you just take it for what
it is. Move on, find you something that does connect with you. Anyways, hope you
enjoyed this little talk. My opinion on photography and trying to find the right
type of gear for what you’re doing.

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