EXCLUSIVE: Why owning a RED makes you a DP

RED Dragon 6K Camera


No, it doesn’t.

Not even if your mother says that it does. Especially if she says that it does.

A talented DP is defined by his or her skillset and vision—not equipment. While a high-tech camera may at times assist your work, no one can get far on gear alone.

Tiny Furniture (2009), shot on a Canon 7D

Always remember the basics: story, story, story. Everything you do, every tool you use, must have a purpose, and every image you make must contribute to the whole.

Keep that in mind, and you could also find yourself DPing a critically acclaimed HBO series. Well, maybe. But at least you might sleep a little better.