The Great Camera
Challenge was a fun and thought-provoking project for 2013 that saw
12 nature photographers use a budget camera for a month each throughout
We often get asked about camera specification and how much you should spend
on equipment. There seems to be a perception that you cant take a
good picture without an expensive camera and that youll never take
a bad picture if you spend a lot of money on equipment. We know equipment
needs can change as your photography does, but we want to encourage people
to get started without being daunted by the expense and to emphasise the
importance of developing creativity and understanding good composition.
Weve always believed that the photographer is the most important part
of the kit, so we thought wed see what would happen if
we bought a budget camera and let professional photographers loose on it!
We set ourselves the challenge of looking for a camera that would deliver
a reasonable size of image and have some flexible features like zoom, macro
etc., but that could be easily bought from a high street store for only
£50 including delivery. We bought the Nikon L25 camera for only £39.99
including delivery and added a hard case for £4.75 and an SD card
for £4.50. All for under our budget!
Each participating photographer was assigned a month in the year in which
to use the camera before it was passed on to the next photographer. The
challenge was to see what 12 talented professional photographers made of
using a budget end camera across a range of subjects, conditions and styles.
It wasn't about reviewing this particular camera model, rather it was an
opportunity to see how entry-level equipment can perform and to see how
much a good picture depends on technical specification and how much on a
It is said that if you want to get something done, ask a busy person. Well,
all our 12 photographers are certainly busy people, so we were incredibly
grateful to them all for demonstrating such enthusiasm for the idea. Taking
up The Great Camera Challenge 2013 were:
The photographers all took their images in Scotland but they were not limited
to any specific subject. Each photographer submitted at least one image
that is displayed here on the website along with a report. The images also
formed a digital display on tour with the Scottish Nature Photography Awards
exhibition in 2014.