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A Lesson In Lighting: An Impressive Demo that Shows You It’s Not About the Gear

It’s not about the camera, it’s about the light. Here to prove that is photographer Miguel Quiles. In the above video, Quiles proves you don’t need the best camera or lens to capture amazing results. You only need to understand how important light is and learn how to use it to your advantage.

As part of the Photoflex lighting school, he decided to use an interesting little demonstration to show off that more so than anything, it’s the lighting that defines an image, not the gear. Specifically, he put a Canon 5D Mark III with an 85mm f/1.2 L attached up against a Canon 7D with a 50mm f/1.8 attached. Using the same lighting setup with each kit, he processed the files identically and shared the results.

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Granted, a YouTube video isn’t going to show all the detail, unless you’re viewing the images at 100%, the difference seems negligible. Quiles has a number of quality lighting modifiers that helped him achieve this goal, but the same could be done with natural light. Gear does have an impact, there’s no denying that. But more than any gear, understanding how to see and manipulate light will affect your photographs more so than any camera body or piece of glass.

(via The Phoblographer)