Why Would A Pro Shoot With A Consumer Grade Camera?

Posted: May 13, 2016 in Uncategorized
As a macro photographer I have always owned consumer grade cameras, and have never even shot a pro level camera from the big brand names like Canon and Nikon. Most photographers would wonder why I don’t use the pro cameras. It’s simple, I teach workshops to people that shoot with consumer grade cameras. At least 75 percent of the people in my Macro Boot Camps own consumer grade lower priced cameras. For the people that sign up for my workshops they would like to know that they can get good quality images with their camera.
I’m speaking here to the macro photographers and not saying that a consumer grade camera will work best for other types of photography, so please don’t email me explaining how you need that expensive camera for what you do, this post relates to the macro field.
My workshop participants don’t want to hear that they need to buy the pro level equipment to produce good quality images, they want to know if they can get great images using their cameras. By me showing that I make a living shooting with consumer grade cameras, it gives them more confidence with their cameras. If they see my articles and images in Outdoor Photographer, or other magazines, they can say hey, his camera isn’t any better than mine, and he’s in a magazine.
The fact is that consumer grade cameras for macro photography will produce images that can be considered pro level quality, as I have done it. So people in my workshops can have the confidence to know that with some practice and knowledge they to can capture great images without emptying their bank account.

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  1. Sandi Coates says:

    Well said. Thank you. I attended your workshop in the Twin Cities several years back. Your point of view, seeing the artistry in patterns still amazes me. Sandi Coates

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Carolyn Fletcher says:

    I have both types of camera, and I usually can’t tell which camera I shot with. I do a lot of processing like Mike does, and the camera really doesn’t matter.

  3. jmlecocq says:


    I’ve seen a variation of this post from you, and I think it’s great. It’s alway amusing when people think that the camera is the difference in what makes a great image. And, I think that your approach is the right one.



    Janice M LeCocq Sent from my iPad


  4. Jim Beardsley says:

    Couldn’t agree more. As a past workshop attendee I can attest that seeing you make stunning pics with a consumer grade dslr camera showed me it is the photographer not the equipment.

  5. Michael Bowen says:

    Excellent article and so very true. The camera is nothing more than a tool that the photography uses to crest the art. The success is all in the hands of the person holding it!

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