Do you ever look at an image and wonder if it was taken by a simple iPhone? Peter McKinnon explores this with a video investigating any differences in professional and amateur photography.

In the video above, Peter focuses more on photography and composition rather than videography and capturing moving images.

Starting with a friend, he shows him pictures of two different pictures from a Rebel T100 and an EOS R. The differences between the two are reflected on their price: T100 is $500, the EOS R more than $4000 with necessary gear and equipment.

Throughout it, Peter’s friend and the viewers are asked to participate in guessing the quality change. What is revealed by the middle is that it is very hard to tell!

Peter boils down amateur camera quality like this:

Composition

If you’re trying to sell a product and it’s standing alone on a white tabletop, chances are it will not catch the eyes of potential consumers. Peter suggests adding multiple elements to the initial product to give the photography more dimension and depth.

Even an added element like a pattern or plant adds more to an item that is standing alone. Peter gives the recommendation of a simple lens flare from the natural sun reflected through a coffee drip glass. There are simple ways of getting a reasonable picture without having to save up for a professional camera later.

Context

Depending on whether you are an amateur wanting to take baby pictures or a business wanting to take stock photos, Peter leaves the camera up to you.

He suggests making a list of what you want/expect out of a camera and working with that. If an amateur camera checks everything on your list, you will be better off with the amateur camera to get your vision across.

If you’re, let’s say, a sports photographer, it will probably be the best option for you to look for something else more specialized for motion photography.

Overall, how you want your photograph to look is entirely up to you. If you’re looking for something with less color malfunction and more distinction and nuance, cameras like the T100 are maybe not for you and your path. Peter recommends to all photographers alike to choose your camera based on what you want. It may be a totally different camera from your favorite photographer, but if it serves your purpose it will benefit you more in your work.

Peter McKinnon is a professional photographer who works with a variety of genres from nature to portraits. He is also the host of this video above. He posts great advice videos for both the starting photographer and the professional photographer. From videography to photography, Peter gives great advice on how to work a camera to editing on Lightroom.