Gear Porn | From Addiction to Rehabilitation

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It all began a few years back with some harmless Googling for the keyword “Canon.”  One link led to another and before I knew it, I had struck gold!  It was a sight to behold, the shimmering glass, the robust bodies, and the features, all those features!  It was as if I had not found it, but rather, it had found me.

“Spend time on your skills and you’ll earn the money for the gear.”

Click after click led to more and more images and each image made my heart race just a little bit faster.  I gawked at the amalgamation of robust, perfectly designed bodies that laid side by side with the diverse collection of rings, lenses, flashes, and a host of other professional level foreign toys that I was naive to.

Does this sound familiar?  Okay, I know it sounds like a bit of an exaggeration, but at some point in time these thoughts have crossed most photographers’ minds.  Sometimes, instead of working to develop our skills with the equipment that we already have access to, we spend way too much time researching and reading up on the next camera upgrade that we’re going to make.

thats-the-problem-these-daysThe goal, at the end of the day, is to always become a better photographer and to take your work to that next level.  Working with a brand new full frame 5D Mark III is going to be amazing (I’m sure), but if you’ve only got a T2i, that shouldn’t stop you  from making amazing images and killer videos.  Having the right tools makes getting the job done a lot easier and a lot more pleasant, but what is much more important is having the ability to think creatively and overcome the technical limitations by finding another way to solve the “problem” at hand.

 

Once upon a time, I wanted to learn more about beauty dishes and the high end fashion look that the light creates.  I didn’t have the budget for an actual beauty dish (which costs around $80+), so I went to the local dollar store, bought a round styrofoam tortilla bowl, cut out a hole, and inserted my hot shoe Canon flash.

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Check out how to make a more professional-looking DIY model here

There have been photographers that have shot amazing images with a simple film camera.  There are photographers doing amazing work with their iPhone cameras. Look at the beautiful images below that Fstoppers took with just an iPhone camera and some studio lights!

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 Gear should never be the limiting factor that keeps you from taking your work to the next level.  Sometimes it’s easy to think, “If I had that lens with a full frame camera, my shots would look so much better…”  A better way to look at this situation is to ask yourself, “What kind of look am I trying to achieve and how can I creatively accomplish that without having to drop $500 on a new lens?”  When you force yourself to think and look for ways to achieve the photographic “look” that you are envisioning, you are also becoming a much better photographer, which is something that doesn’t come cheap.  It’s better to spend time investing in yourself through practice than investing in gear.

 ~Tom T.

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