I am guilty of not pursuing and understanding the newest trends and technology in photography, to my detriment. I was being left behind. recently I was able to trade in some older gear, and was fortunate enough to be able to update my underwater camera and housing. WOW! I was doing my image-making a disservice by sticking with dated technology. And upgrade from the Canon 5D to the Canon SL3 took my photographs, and the capabilities, to the next level.
I kicked and screamed about changing to a digital camera when I was deep into my growth with a film camera. I thought there was no way digital sensors could compete with Fuji Velvia film. But, after a couple very long photography trips, and the hundreds of dollars of film and processing that was required, I thought I would give digital a try. I have never looked back.
It was only recently that I upgraded my underwater kit. The first dive in less-than-ideal conditions proved that new cameras with new sensors and new technology can produce images even in conditions that would have returned not one good photo on the old camera.
Green Surf Anemone in Netarts Bay, taken with the Canon SL3 in an Ikelite Housing, in water with a lot of suspended particles and current. This image was not possible with my previous camera.
Green Surf Anemones at the surface during low tide. The sea water was mixing with fresh here, creating an oily look to the water. As well, this shot was taken in a cave with very low light. Despite these conditions, the new Canon SL3 was able to capture a great image.
There is a lot to be said about mastering your gear and knowing how to use the camera you have. But if you find your images struggling to be the best they can be, do not be afraid to start thinking about an upgrade. Embrace the new.