What Price Can You Put On Confidence?


To me itâ??s invaluable. Think of any situation youâ??ve been in where you have needed to direct models or wedding guests or even just one person for a portrait. At some point in each of these scenarios you will have had to command the situation. This requires confidence.

Thatâ??s not the only roll confidence plays in photography. Weâ??ve all done that thing of taking 30 of the same shot just to make sure we get what we want just because weâ??re a little nervous. If youâ??re in the zone less than a handful of shots will do the trick. You need confidence to do that.

Iâ??ve been using the same camera for a couple of years now. I know it inside and out and know what to expect from it. I never have to second guess the camera when Iâ??m using it. The lenses though are a different matter. When Iâ??m taking portraits or doing a wedding I mostly use the EFS 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II that came with my Canon 350D. Itâ??s a pretty good little lens. Itâ??s versatile, well built and reasonably cheap. But for some reason Iâ??ve never been completely happy about using it. I couldnâ??t tell you why. Itâ??s played on my mind and on occasion Iâ??ve lacked confidence and made all the usual related mistakes because it.

Gaz recently bought himself the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens and to be honest I got a little jealous. Now my budget canâ??t quite stretch to one of those but I did have enough in the kitty to get the Sigma equivalent – the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG MACRO (reviews and a comparison of the two will follow very soon).

The build quality and ease of use are very good. There is no doubt in my mind that the lens is far superior to what I have been using. The specification alone supports that notion. When I put it onto my camera something odd happened. I all of a sudden felt more like a proper photographer. Almost like up until now I had only been playing with photography. Considering I regularly photograph people and weddings for money and have had no complaints so far it seems odd that this should have happened but it has.

Iâ??ve spoken to other similarly skilled photographers and they have had similar experiences. Perhaps itâ??s part of the â??right of passageâ? a photographer goes through as they develop their skills and experience or perhaps Iâ??m just daft, but for me it seems that the price of confidence is £300 for a new lens.

One Reply to “What Price Can You Put On Confidence?”

  1. What price can you put on confidence? For me it’s a lot more than £300..

    It makes no difference whether I’m shooting a wedding, a corporate event, a portrait session, or a product with the client standing beside me â?? I wouldn’t dream of using any kit in front of a paying customer that wasn’t completely professional â?? that is, after all, surely part of what they’re paying me, the professional photographer for. As an added extra having a lot of kit is also a very useful tool to justify higher day rates!

    Now I’m confident enough to get a good result using a consumer camera and a standard lens and I found out very early on that it helps how you’re perceived as a photographer when you turn up at a shoot with a couple of full size camera bodies and a bag full of L glass.

    Sure, I’ve got a 400D that I take on family holidays with me. It’s light, fits on my pocket and I can take great pictures with it.

    Would I use the 400D to shoot a wedding? â?? Hell no!

    There are two main reasons for this. The first is that it’s not designed to get wet â?? a very serious flaw bearing in mind the British climate. The second and probably main reason is that half the guests at the wedding will have the same camera… I still choose a 10D as a third body at weddings over the 400D solely for that reason.

    Now maybe that shows a lacking in my confidence as a photographer (that’s probably true!) though I certainly feel far more confident the moment I clip on a Quantum battery back at the start of a wedding…

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