Which Cameras And Settings Used in the Best Professional Photos?

There is a plethora of pictures on the Internet and know what camera and setting the best pictures were made, can help you and us to study and improve our photographs as well.

If you follow the Photo Tips, Brazil should have read the article “Exif-enhance your photos with this feature!” that teaches you step by step how to make the best of this information.

Well, if you really accompanies our articles also knows that I love math and spreadsheets, so I found an incredible opportunity to be able to do this article from a publication of the International Reuters News Agency.

This agency, which today has more than 14000 employees operating in 204 cities, and provides 19 languages texts published 93 pictures, considered the best photos of photojournalism from last year, and all the images with their corresponding EXIF ´ S!

Before you publish the photos itself, I want to share with you the answer to the question that takes the name of the article:

Which cameras and settings used in the best professional photos?

Assuming all the photos were taken by professionals and high-level editors and, of course, were chosen by your content and not the technical part, the answer would be this:

A Canon 1 d X (or 5 d MarkIII), using a 16-35 mm lens, configured with an Aperture 2.8, 1/250 and ISO 400 speed.

That’s right! This is the camera, model and configuration that appears more often in the photos chosen by Reuters, but there are many peculiarities that we can observe in each of the tests I did.

Remember, this analysis is mathematical, held from the data published by the Agency, but I think that reflects very well the reality of many professional photographers around the world and I’m sure will add one more important information on your photographic journey.

Which brand of Camera more used?

CANON WINS very easy!! I confess that I was surprised at the difference so big compared to the marks, in this selection, for example, appear only Canon, Nikon and a Go Pro! My perception is that NIKON WINS when it comes to the amateur market, at least in my workshops and tours-lessons I’ve had whole classes only with Nikon cameras, but in the professional market CANON still dominates, in fact, that it’s not just based on the selected photos by Reuters, also found the same information in other sites, it does not diminish the exceptional quality of NIKON equipment as I said before, this is a mathematical analysis.

The model more used?

Oh, I’m very interested in that answer. I am writing an ebook and also developing a video classes teaching how to choose a camera and was precisely why I ended up working on writing this article.

Of course, the models that will appear are the tops of the market, but we have a few surprises!

As stated earlier, the champions were the Canon 5 d Mark III and 1 d x, but you can see that also appear models considered input and semi-professionals like Canon T3, Nikon D3100 and D7000, incidentally, models that appear many in my classes, which leads me to conclude that you can absolutely make a considered one of the best photo by Reuters , equipment cannot be more sorry

The next review is about the lenses used.

What are the most used lenses?

Again appear common lenses in my classes, and the good of this analysis, it is also guide you to which models can bring excellent results.

As has been said, the 16-35 mm won, followed by the famous and sensational 70-200 mm and then comes the no less famous 50 mm. Definitely a terrific trio, I love the 16-35 mm and I think one of the best large angular. The 70-200 mm as well as excellent optical quality, versatile and also 20 … well, I’m sure you already know, or at least heard enough

Here in the Photo Tips has an article making the comparison between the different apertures of 50 mm, it’s worth a read: “50 mm lens”.

Speaking of lenses, yet be aware that most cameras considered input and semi-professionals (or any other than full frame), has a crop factor and these lenses would be another focal length, if you have any questions, read the article “crop factor, a matter of size.”

Another note inside of this analysis is that most other used lenses in the winning photos are fixed, and need to know what you’re doing to shoot with a fixed lens, as the lens with zoom allows you much greater versatility than a fixed lens.

Now go to settings.

What are the most used openings?

If I hadn’t done the analysis, would have kicked f/2.8 as well that opening logic. She comes followed by opening f/5.6 and f/8, these last two quite common on most lenses used by amateurs and beginners, since most Kits sold here in Brazil have lenses with the greater openness being the f/3.5.

Opening f/2.8 lenses are significantly easier to work with since they are clearer, but still has a good focal length. Clear lenses as f/1.2 have a depth of field too short which would be very damaging to dynamic as the photos made in photojournalism.

In my opinion, of all the photographic equipment we need, I believe the best investment will always be on lenses, more even than in cameras! A “bad” camera with a good lens makes photos still better than a good camera with a lens “bad” and mean “bad” as being considered the optical quality, the focal length, the depth of field and the price too. There are exceptions? Of course I do, nothing here is a hard-and-fast rule, but I’m referring to equipment in General, as the input and semipro DSLRs.

After these winning openings, you’ll see virtually every other, that shows to be a parameter for a good picture as well, which is why I dedicated an ebook on the subject of photometry

And continuing in photometry, the other parameter is the speed!

What are the speeds used?

The “winners” are 1/250 followed by 1/1000, which leads us to conclude that most of the photos were taken during the day.

And these winds are quite consistent with the openings and most used lenses, since clear lenses and large openings will enable greater speeds and also for photojournalism, it is expected that you have a configuration and equipment to respond quickly to a variety of possible scenes.

And if you notice, most used are high speeds!

What are the most used ISOS?

The Other parameter of the photometry is the ISO, and I’m sure you’ve figured out what the most used, after all, we already have the information which cameras, lenses, openings and speeds were used, and only for this data, I know you’re probably dealing with good light conditions, which leads us to use lower ISOS.

The winner is the ISO 400 and 800 ISO followed curiously have tied the 100 ISOS and the 1,600, that taking into consideration the camera used, not cause virtually no noticeable degradation.

I usually encourage my students, respecting their equipment, leaving the House with ISO 400, I consider myself a very quiet, low ISO degradation and that helps give a little light to equipment that use kit lenses, and so need more light.

And finally, some curiosities.

The number of people in the photos and the topics discussed, can also give an idea of what you’re photographing among the best, and we have the following result.

How many people are in the pictures?

This is a very curious and analysis can be interpreted in many ways, is not to follow to the letter, but just think. Well, the vast majority of the best photos, or has no one, or has even 1 person! Maybe next time you make a photo where you see 4 or 5 people in your viewfinder, is best fit with less

Which subjects tend to be in the pictures?

And these are the last two analyses, the subjects discussed, and I separated in 4 types. Interestingly the pictures with funny themes win.That’s not the image that comes to my head when I join the Reuters name and believe that not in your, right?

What kind of themes used to be in pictures?

But when separated by light and heavy issues, the second gets fired!

And this was the analysis done upon the winning photos.

And now we know the pictures, I chose not to publish here the most shocking images, but I’ll leave the original link from Reuters at the end of the article, if you want to not only see all the winning photos, but the description of them as well (originally in English).

The winning photos selected by the international agency Reuters


A great way to learn, is to observe the highly regarded professionals use in your day to day work, I hope you have also learned and fun taking their own conclusions! This is a very valuable material, not only by your technical content, but also history.

If you get along with the language of Uncle Sam, it’s worth reading the stories of every picture and remember, you can view all the winning images here, and some of them can be strong.

Note: (when the page opens, choose one of the options of views: View the Slideshow | View All Images).

Be sure to share your opinion and your conclusions too!

See you soon!!