5. Get equipment you can trust
In the field, with just one opportunity to capture the moment, having a camera you can rely on is paramount. The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Canon EOS 6D Mark II have been designed with professionals in mind, with years of development building upon their feedback to ensure the ease of use and reliability required in photography. Even Pascal Maitre, who misses the analogue days, admits that he can do much more with his digital full-frame cameras now than he could with his past equipment.
"The quality of digital has evolved, and dynamic range in particular has changed a lot. It's wonderful because you really get a lot more possibilities with the highlights and shadows. In the early days of digital, the grain you got when working in high ISOs looked a bit artificial, but now it's like the grain you used to have in analogue and it's really beautiful. And of course the files are bigger, and you can print them and do whatever you want with them.
"The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Canon EOS 6D Mark II have been like an extension of my finger, or of my eyes. When I get into a difficult situation, I have no doubt about my ability to get the shot with my equipment. And it's amazing to be in that position, to have that freedom and not have to think about the gear at all... I can just follow the story."