|From The Past - Mojave, California|
So what is important in photography? Vision. Creativity. The decisive moment. The things that make a photograph great.
Cameras, lenses, software, and other equipment are not important. Those things are just tools. They're a means to an end, but never, ever are they the end. What is the end is the final image. The print, or in some cases the digital file, is what matters. No one cares what cameras you own. No one cares what lenses you own. No one cares what software you use. People only care about the photograph that they're viewing, and whether or not it strikes them in some way.
|The Sound of Silence - Mojave, California|
Many photographers spend a lot of time, money and effort on equipment, but spend almost nothing figuring out how to actually create something great with that equipment. It is far more important to learn how to craft great photographs than to buy some new camera or lens.
The fallacy is that great equipment makes great photographs. Great equipment cannot create any photographs because photographers create, not cameras. Cameras are machines, photographers are artists.
|Keep Out The Sun - Tehachapi, California|
This is not to say that you should photograph with junk. It is simply to say that equipment is not important in photography. Most people seem to think that gear is most important, but that is a lie put forth by camera manufacturers and camera salesmen to get you to open your wallet.
What is important in photography is creating art. Making something meaningful with the tools you have is important. It's never about the tools you use, it's about what you make.