Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Always Have a Camera With You - Any Camera

Most people have a camera with them almost all the time.  Their cell phone has one 99% of the time.

It is a difficult lesson to learn, but this is a truth that I have learned through my journey in photography, the content of the image is more important than the gear used to capture it.

Yes, gear is important - but the vision, the passion, the meaning and soul of what people are seeing is the important factor - or at least it should be.

You don't(or shouldn't) judge a cook by their pots and pans, a carpenter by their brand of hammer or saw or a mechanic by the brand of wrench they use to repair your car with.   Don't judge a photographer or an image by the camera or lens that it was captured with.

Here are some examples that I have taken:

99% of the time i have my cell phone or my Fuji X10 with me.

Without them with me - I would not have these images to share with you.

So, next time you think that you can only take great images because of the gear you have or think you are limited by the gear you don't have - think again.  Find a way to make what you do have work for you.

If you feel the need to buy new gear - ask yourself this - what problem is this new gear going to solve or how is it going to make your job easier?   If the answer comes back - it would just be cool to have or you just "want" it...then I recommend taking a step back and do some more retrospection before dropping lots of money on the newest thing.