Lifestyle Photography Equipment – What you currently have!

Posted on 28 February 2014 | No responses

I’m often approached and asked by many lifestyle photographers “Have you check the latest and greatest camera gear, I’m looking into buying it, what are your thought on it?”

Honestly, that’s a serious question that stops me in my tracks.  Let me explain. Most of the lifestyle photographers who ask me that question also confide that they are on a very tight budget and really don’t have the money to blow.  Yet, they are seriously considering even going into debt to obtain the new gear.  So WHY would they do that?!  The reasons I often here are; they have been led to believe, for years, that in order to take great photographs you need the latest equipment.  Add insult to injury; you need the latest equipment to be considered a “professional” or even a serious amateur aspiring to becoming a professional.

This is the time when you want to be completely honest with yourself.

Here’s the bottom line and many will disagree with me:  There should be only (2) reasons for you to get the latest and greatest photography equipment.

A)  You WANT IT period and CAN afford it; and

B)  Your current equipment truly and honestly NO LONGER serves your purpose (which I’ll get to in a minute.)

Now, if you do not fit into option (A), then my honest and humble opinion is “Photograph with what you currently have and be grateful.”

What will make you a great photographer is the development of your craft and the development of your skills. Practice, Practice, Practice.  Learn everything about your current camera.  Get use to it in your hands. Get use to all the buttons, features, and menus.  Take out that manual, look it over from time to time and always keep it with you in your camera bag so that you have it to reference.  Most importantly, remember that the camera is a TOOL.  The camera does not take the photograph; it does not press the shutter button at the right time and position itself in the right place.  It is YOU, the photographer, that makes that photograph in combination with your creative thinking and decision. NOT the camera or equipment.

If you doubt me, take a look at these photographs.  I took these with a 2008 (5 year old) Olympus E-520 – 10 megapixel camera with the highest ISO that it can give of 1,600 yes that’s 1,600 not 16,000.

Lifestyle Photography © Ang Carrion

Lifestyle Photography

Lifestyle Photography © 2010 Ang Carrion

Lifestyle Photography

Lifestyle Photography © 2009 Ang Carrion, All Rights Reserved

Lifestyle Photography

Here’s the kicker! I’m still using that camera and it is the only digital SLR camera that I have and that I own for many reasons that are exactly like yours.  I live on a budget, I do not want unnecessary debt, and therefore, focusing on being financially self sufficient, plus I love my camera, but with one difference. Option (B) Your current equipment NO LONGER serves your purpose.

Although I love my Olympus E-520 and I know it inside and out and I use it consistently, it no longer serves my purpose with respect to my Landscape photography.  My Landscape photography is suffering do to the cameras poor performance in low light situations (remember it’s highest ISO is 1,600 NOT 16,000) and we all know that the best landscapes are captured during sunrise and sunset.  As a result, option (B) has led me to seriously consider the decision to upgrade my camera equipment or perhaps purchase the latest and greatest gear.

I hope this helped or has shed some light into when to upgrade or purchase the latest and greatest gear.

In the meantime “Photograph with what you currently have”, love what you do, have fun and be grateful”

Enjoy, Respect and Love what you do.
This is Lifestyle Photography with a touch of Elegance, Style, Charisma!


Fine Art Photography, And A Purpose

Posted on 12 February 2014 | No responses

I believe that everyone matters; life experiences matter, and most importantly, no one should ever be forgotten!

Years will come and go and you will get older.  You will have to rely on your memory or the memory of someone else to remember your happy and beautiful moments; Your life experiences and the person you loved most; The one that is or was important in your life; And the one that is or was dear and near to your heart.

But what happens after so many years, or when nature takes its course?  Your mind and memories slowly start to fade and you forget.  The first thing that goes is how your loved one physically looked, and then the memories of what they were like.  The only thing that fills that hole, that gap, the fading of memory and the fact that they did exist, that they where here full of life and that they matter so much in this world is “A Picture, A Photograph”.

If they were born into this world, then no one should ever be forgotten, they matter and are important to someone, no matter what their station in life is and no matter where life’s journey takes them or has taken them.  They are someone’s wife, life partner, grandmother, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, husband, grandfather, father, son, brother or uncle.

They are and were here, they exist and existed and they are and were human beings.

To add to that, the fact that you can be as creative as you want to be and have the permission to reach for the impossible.

To take a picture of a real life landscape and turn it into a surreal place or push it to the brink of a fantasy world.

To take a Portrait and make the individual look and feel beautiful, sexy, gentle or powerful. 

That is my purpose; and why I create fine art photography.


Enjoy, Respect and Love what you do.

This is Fine Art Photography with a touch of Elegance, Style, Charisma!


Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary – Home At Last! | Book Release

Posted on 28 August 2013 | No responses

Home At Last! Is a High Quality, Fine Art, Digital Photographic Book. It is the individual stories, expression and character of each of the Horses at Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary. The stories about how each horse found their way “Home At Last” to a place where there is Hope, Healing and Happiness; a place where they are able to live out the remainder of their lives with dignity, love and respect!

Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary
By Ang Carrion
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Finding Stella | Bay Area Rock Band | Book Release

Posted on 28 August 2013 | No responses

Bay Area Rock Band With A Twist Of Attitude is a High Quality, Digital Photographic book of the Indie Rock Band “Finding Stella“. The Band consisting of Chris Snyder, Victoria Ovieda, Rich Flynn and Tim Christmon performing at the Vezèr Family Vineyard in Suisun Valley, California.

Finding Stella
Bay Area Rock Band…
By Ang Carrion
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