What photography gear should you buy?

What photography gear should you buy?

A fully comprehensive video spelling out in detail exactly what photography gear you should buy, and the order in which you should buy it in, whether you're a beginner or expert. Click to read more and watch the full video!

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Get up and personal this summer! Your shots will benefit...

Get up and personal this summer! Your shots will benefit...

Get in their face... As I shoot the New Student Summer Orientation here at MU, I am reminded of a simply tip that helped me become a better photographer. Read more to find out what I've been up to and how you can do what I did to improve my photographs.

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No, I'm not talking about what you think I'm talking about...

I won't ever claim to know everything. I will never say I have all the answers. Especially now. I'm still a college student.  I haven't seen it all or been everywhere. Time-wise, I'm still a beginning photographer.  I haven't gone through the ropes like long-term pros have. I am new to this business and I am trying to find my spot.

That being said, I know exactly what it's like to be an envious photographer. I know what it's like to be intimidated by the pros sitting next to you with the 7D Mark IIs and the 400mm lenses and the fancy light meters and multiple bodies for different situations and blah, blah, blah. It's scary. You wonder how you will ever get to that point. Here is what I have to tell you:

You may already be there... Just look at your photos!

The saying "size doesn't matter" perfectly applies to photography. I am a broke college student, so I shoot with a T3i, a kit 18-50mm, a 200mm, and a 80mm 1.8. That is a cheap setup, and besides maybe the 80mm, you won't see many "pros" using this equipment. And I won't lie, when I am sitting on the floor of the basketball games and I see the guy next to me with three bodies and even more lenses getting every shot, I get jealous and intimidated. 

Until I edit my photos. When I slide that SD card into my computer and see the quality of photos I have, I forget about my cheap setup. I couldn't care less about how expensive or large my glass, because my photos look badass! (Heehee, rhyme) Then I compare my photos, the photos taken by the college student looking to make a quick buck, with the professional's photos who does this as a career, and sometimes I can't tell the difference. Just take a look at the pics on this site. All of them are with the simplest of equipment.

Size doesn't matter guys. No matter how big, expensive, or plentiful the bodies and lenses, none of that matters unless they are in hands that know how to use them. I know it seems like photo equipment becomes more and more advanced every day, but the quality of the final images haven't changed much since cameras were invented. I've seen photographer show up to events with old film cameras with no digital screen and end up with beautiful results.  

That being said, one day you and I will have that equipment. Once this becomes our career, we will be able to afford those trade-ins for the big-boy stuff. And we will do that not because it will make us better photographers, but because it will make our work easier. Sure the results of an old film camera and a 7D Mark II can take similar pictures, but one is much more advanced than the other. 10 fps, 50,000 ISO, highly advanced auto focus features, multiple tabs of menu options, high quality digital display screens, horizontal and vertical grips; all that makes it easier to take the photo, but does nothing to the final quality.

So embrace your small bodies and dinky lenses. Use the hell out of them and smile when you see the results. Focus more on improving your compositions and capturing the moment than saving for a $2,000 lens. Keep your head up and shoot with confidence next to the pros, because, believe it or not, one day they were in your shoes.



^^^All photos above taken with Canon T3i and kit lenses^^^

Booting Up: Launching my photography brand

The first blog post of many to come...

A few short years ago I was among the mass of college students who had no idea what they wanted to do with their lives.  Nothing they had already done or accomplished had sparked any sort of inspiration or passion that would ultimately lead to their desired career path.  That was me: an 18 year-old who was asked to decide what his future would be, even though his interests were almost as unclear as that question.

Whilst popping in and out of majors faster than I could pop the zits on my face, I stumbled upon photography (ultimately by accident). As cliche as it sounds, I would correct that last line and say that photography chose me.  I didn't go looking for it. It snuck its way through the wide open doors of my life and slapped me in my face.

I don't know what to attribute that slap to. There was a sequence of events, so I will attribute them as a whole.

  • I've always been a creator; I never want to work for someone, but rather, make something that I can call 100% mine. Whether I am writing, photographing, or drawing, the end result is all me.
  • Apparently I have a creative eye for a good composition. Even as I took ridiculous candids of my friends at a college party using my iPhone, I found myself checking the rule of thirds, adjusting the lighting, getting the angle, and finding the composition that would result in nothing short of a perfect drunken photo.
  • I stumbled upon an old Canon and began fooling around with it. To my surprise I had fun. To my even greater surprise, I was good at it. Being told I was good at something while enjoying doing it was a combination previously foreign to me. I guess it was all down hill from there.

Now, as hold the camera in my hands (upgraded from the hammy-down to a DSLR), I feel a feeling that nothing has ever or will ever give me.  The rush goes from my toes to my face, then down to my finger tips.  I feel the power in my hands and see the composition in front of me. The task is always to capture it, but with the added challenge of capturing it in a way no one else can.  To make that person look stunning. To make the colors pop.  To ultimately give the future viewer of the picture that same rush that is currently consuming you.  It is all up to you, and you are the creator.  The photo that will come from one swift click of a button will capture a moment completely unique and not repeatable.  That click represents that moment that you alone are responsible for not only maintaining, but enhancing.

If you know this feeling, this warm excitement that doesn't allow you to put the glass down, you're a photographer.

And with that burning inspiration inside me, I am launching my brand, Connor Moriarty Photography. Just looking at this website is giving me that rush, and I cannot wait to embark on my journey of capturing moments. This blog post will hopfully be the first of many to come.  I plan to use this website for everything relating to my brand. I will include personal thoughts, recaps of my life within the photography world, tips and tricks for taking quality photos, and much more.

So, help out a new photographer by checking out some of the things I have to offer. Even looking through some of my photos would mean the world to me. All I really want is for people to appreciate my work. So check out my Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and Facebook page, Connor Moriarty Photography by clicking the icons to the left. Feel free to give a follow.

Thanks all for the support, and join me on my journey through the moments.