Because “Photography on a Budget .com” was taken, lol.
But in all seriousness, this blog got started because of some of the attitudes and elitism I saw running rampant on several websites like DPReview, Photo.net, Nikonians, One Model Place, Model Mayhem. This mirrored what I saw in real life during meetups, clubs, and other social gatherings. “Oh, you’re shooting with a Canon Rebel? The kids table is over there.”
As I mentioned a little bit in my “welcome” blog post, I just love to share this stuff. I love to see people learn, progress, and I love being the one to help them take that next step into something new.
Since that “next step” in photography (artificial lights, fast lenses, full frame tech, etc) is usually expensive and thus “scary,” if I can help alleviate those fears, and show that it can be done without spending so much money, I count it as a win.
It took me so long to take those first steps, myself – and had there been a resource like what I am trying to build here back in 2007 – I can’t imagine where I would be today. I want to be that resource for other photographers out there, a resource that showcases budget oriented gear.
I like to put this information out in a conversational manner, instead of a clinical lecture that is common for a lot of reviews. One place might say “This camera has a good signal to noise ratio up to ISO1,253” when reviewing a camera’s low light performance – I’d rather just flat out give my opinion, with supporting images and show that it’s good up to about ISO 1,200, and say it sucks once you hit 4,000. Easy to digest reviews have made my own purchases easier in the past, rather than reviews full of scientific data.
It’s a lot of work, but it’s a labor of love and I’ve been having tons of fun working on all this. While testing out budget gear over the past couple years, I have had the opportunity to work with some amazingly talented models, makeup artists, hairstylists, designers, stylists, and met some great people. More than a few of these tests have been published in magazines, shown in art galleries, and some even as advertisements for local businesses.
Don’t let a small budget stop you.