The Camera Is Simply A Tool

Professional grade cameras can enhance the quality of an image, but it can’t create the image itself. Check out our demonstration and see if you can distinguish which photo was taken with an $800 camera vs a $5400 camera.

Canon T5i VS Canon 5D Mark III

For this photo shoot, we’re using a Canon T5i with the Canon 85mm f/1.8 ($800) vs the Canon 5D Mark 3 with the Canon 85mm f/1.2 L II ($5400).

t5i vs 5dm3

One difference you should note is that the Canon 5D Mark III has a full frame sensor while the Canon T5i has a crop sensor, so for this shot we do have to take a few steps closer to our model to get a comparable composition. Click here to learn more about crop versus full frame cameras.


In this shot, we’re using natural light. We got up at the butt crack of dawn in order to get directional light from the sun, and for this shot, we’re using the sun as a hair light. We’re also using a Westcott 5-1 reflector as a main light to light our subject.

Screen Shot

As for the composition, we’re going to place our model on the left third of the frame, filling the right 2/3 of the frame with the beautiful field we’re in.


We took two identical images. Can you guess which image came from which camera?






The overall composition and lighting of the photo has a stronger impact than the quality of the image. It is up to the photographer, as well as their creative eye, to create professional images regardless of the type of camera.

The purpose of this video and article was to demonstrate that the camera is simply a tool. Of course the Canon 5D Mark III has many advantages over the Canon Rebel T5i that a professional needs, but you can still create beautiful imagery with a Canon T5i if you know what you’re doing. That’s what Photograhy 101 is all about, learning the basics to create beautiful photographs!


Answer: A. Canon Rebel T5i B. Canon 5D Mark III

Let us know if you got it right in the comments and what gave it away!