Do I need a upgrade to take better photos?

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  1. alfanoc

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    Hi all

    I know every year there's a new camera or upgrade and unfortunately I can't afford a new camera as the Canon Mark 5D iii that I would love to get. I am not a professional photographer but have been taking photos for many years of friends and family and feel I have some talent. I'm not great but I would like to get a lot better. I've had the following equipment for awhile now and slowly trying to brush up on my skills now that I have a little more time and my children are getting older. I'm wondering if this will do in order for me to take professional looking photos.

    Canon Rebel T1i (yes, the first Rebel)
    with a EFS 18-55mm

    Canon Zoom Lens Ef 75-300mm 1:4-5.6

    Canon lens EF 50mm 1.4 (this is actually a pretty awesome lens that blurs the background w/ portraits)

    Canon SPeed lite 430EX11

    Is the above still ok, or is it just me that needs to learn to take photos out of AF mode.


     
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    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

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    yes, it's you.
    sure you could spend more money but experience and effort is a better investment.
    it's not AutoFocus that's the issue, usually.
    Start posting images here and learn about composition, aperture choice and editing.
     
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    OGsPhotography No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    They made Rebels with film. Thiught my xs was first if the line but nope.

    My advice, save for a 70-200 and put that in your T1 that would be awesome. Why not new gear is fun right and smells good too. Then gdt an older Rebel and put the new lens on, that would be F.U.N.
     
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    this is what i mean... does the body of the camera matter? Or should i be investing in better lens and classes instead?
     
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    OGsPhotography No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Yes, and yes?
     
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    Naturally, the camera body matters some, otherwise all the pros would never need to use a $6,000 camera.

    However, the camera body does not matter enough for you to go into hock and buy something you can't afford.

    Good lenses matter more, and good technique matters even more than good lenses.

    Start by going over everything you're currently doing. Make sure you're not doing something dumb. Find a local mentor who can watch you in action. Post some photos here for critique. Read some books. Practice a lot. There is much to do before you actually need a better camera body.
     
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    thank you kindly, i'm actually looking for a local mentor right now and starting to read up again on everything. I just wanted to be prepared with the right equipment and have a little advice before I invested in a mentor for couple of hours.
     
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    does anyone know how to make my photos smaller because I try to upload and it says the file is to large to upload to the server
     
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    ANY editing software can resize images.
     
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    Welcome to TPF! :)
    I have a T3i, and I nearly every time a photo isn't what I want it is me not my gear. And if it is my gear, it is the lens. But normally it's me. LOL
    If you have $50 or so wandering around, the best piece of gear you could buy, would be a tripod. You don't need something carbonfiber, or even new. Just nice and solid! I have two tripods one cost $50 and the other cost $60, I got them both on Ebay. Make sure you read reviews, some that look good, aren't. So do your homework! :)

    Good luck and stay active on the forum. :)
     
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    The question, does gear matter. Terminally yes. I can build a house with wood, nails and a stone but a hammer would be better....of course you'd need the experience and skills to use the tools properly. I personally feel every upgrade I bought improved my output but for sure I can produce with my first camera, a 2.5MP Oly no problem, just wouldn't be as good as my more modern gear.
     
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    I took these photo using my 50mm 1.4 canon lens , how do they look, and this is using Auto Focus
     

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