Gear

January 19, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Everyone wants to talk about gear. Why is that? If I show up at someone's house with a nice loaf of fresh-baked bread, no one asks, "Wow. What kind of oven do you have?" Why does everyone want to know if my camera is Brand X, Brand Y, or Brand Z?  Who cares?

Well, obviously, a lot of photographers care. I just don't happen to be one of them.

True story. I had the opportunity several years ago of shooting a very pretty young model with three other photographers. Two of us spent our time shooting the model, and the other two spent their afternoon gushing about cameras. I have a respectable camera and several lenses. Some of my lenses go back to film days, but so what? The bottom line for me is, what kind of images are we capturing with that gear? And what are we doing to get better?

Ansel Adams once said that a dozen significant images in one year is a pretty good harvest. So don't ask me what I'm shooting with. Ask me if I've done any significant work in the last month.


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