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4. You'll Enjoy More Photography, And Stress Less
This most applies when you’re traveling. I’ve been saying this forever, and I’ll never tire of it. Enjoy your travels – you’re investing a lot of cash in the experiences travel can offer.
Don’t forget this.
Maybe you’ll be traveling alone, maybe you won’t. Maybe your companions are not passionate about photography, but they respect your passion, so respect their presence as well.
By dragging around large amounts of gear, you’ll enjoy the whole experience less, believe me.
Grab one piece of gear and you’ll enjoy your travels more than you would when carrying a whole studio with you. Less camera gear, wins.
5. Commitment To Gear Is Key
will give you one of a limited amount of gear the most fulfilling experiences in photography ever. You'll get to know the gear so intuitively that it will become an extension of your body.
It's scope, and
The advantages it offers.
This is the fundamental strategy for learning to
shoot from the hip as well because you'll know exactly what you’re framing without having to peek through the viewfinder.
Once upon a time, I knew a photographer from my country who was here visiting. The guy had been working for several years with just one camera and one lens and had recently bought a second lens for his camera.
He told me that he was so used to his lens and camera that using it was like driving; he made the camera settings unconsciously. I learned that achieving that level of organic reflection is amazing. Image by Unsplash
6. Two Of The Greatest Benefits I Can Pinpoint Are The Following
With less camera gear you will adopt a higher level of creativity
Imposing photographic limitations on yourself will reflect in the images you'll be able to capture. Embracing less gear will allow you to , and you'll see return to the basics the richness that available light has to offer to you as you capture images.
The result of working with less camera gear will boost your creativity in ways you never dreamed of if you. So, like me (and many others) once believing that having more tools would produce better images, you'll learn otherwise.
The images you produce will be of higher quality
Reducing gear will cause you to shoot less, so you’ll have a greater amount of quality photographic material at the end of the day. Just remember the days of film, when the resources were expensive and each frame was carefully shot.
Be grateful for the resources of our time, and don’t fall into the trap of taking those tools for granted. Summary
Reducing gear can take extreme roads – such as
micro SD cards and even turning your LCD screen off to avoid chimping.
Photography has evolved to a beautiful state that gives people more powerful photographic resources each day, but also seduces them into a state approaching laziness.
Remember to create limited scenarios to avoid falling into the sweet tentacles of laziness.
Lastly, Practice, practice, practice, and get to know your gear like it’s an extension of your body.
Photographing With Less Camera Gear – Top Takeaways
minimizing other areas of your life first – for example, workout gear (if you workout!) – do you really need 4 pairs of shorts!? Then you can apply the principles to your photography. This may seem extreme to some, but try selling a zoom lens you don't use that often and replace it with a
prime lens (only applies if you don't have a prime to start with), then keep it attached to your camera for 30 days.
See what happens? Who wants to lug around a ton of heavy camera gear
every time we step out the door with our stuff? Sometimes, it's just nice to have a little, less. Enjoy the
social interactions that come with becoming a more inconspicuous photographer. Further Resources
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