Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cameras & Contentment

Keep Out The Sun - Tehachapi, California
This image was captured with a cell phone. It was good enough to be published in a magazine.
It's easy to think that your gear isn't good enough. Many photography magazines and blogs will tell you that owning the latest gear is a prerequisite to good photography. Camera manufacturers and retailers are good at convincing you that whatever you own, unless it's brand-new and expensive, isn't going to cut it.

This line of thinking is not healthy. Besides the obvious pocketbook impact, it convinces us that gear is the most important thing in photography. But it is not. Vision and creativity are paramount, far above the gear that we use.

I find that it's better to be happy with what you have than to get down in the dumps over what you don't have. Camera envy gets you nowhere.

Besides, limitations are actually advantages if you'll let them be. Limitations force you to be more creative with what you have, and creativity is one of the principals of great photography. In other words, use what gear you have to the best of your ability, and you'll soon realize that it doesn't really matter what camera you use. You'll find yourself more content, and contentment equals happiness. 

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