I was recently informed by a fine art photography student that having expensive gear means that you’ve lost sight of the true “art” of photography. This managed to make me laugh condescendingly and get extremely pissed at the same time.
I’ve determined that when it comes to gear, there are three types of photojs (because lumping people into broad categories is fun). Let’s discuss, shall we?
1.The “Latest Thing” photojournalist
- If it was released within the last month, there’s a strong chance that this asshole has it. Who needs a 1D Mark IV, a 5d Mark II, AND a 7D? This guy.
- Having a conversation with this person is painful. Jargon, jargon, fps, jargon.
- Remember, there’s a chance that even though this photog is using a fucking D3bonermachine or whatever, their pictures will still be boring as hell.
2. The “It’s Not About the Equipment” photojournalist
- More likely than not, this photographer is very insecure about their equipment, and/or doesn’t know how to use it. Therefore, this person will categorize every person with technical knowledge or nice equipment a snob.
- Having a conversation with this person can also be painful. “What is this elusive ‘ISO’ of which you speak?”
- Don’t be shy. Own your camera in all its shitty glory.
- But you should prooobably upgrade soon. Best ways to make some fast cash: grand theft auto or hooking.*
3.The “Balanced” photojournalist
- You know that the gear doesn’t make the picture, but it certainly helps. As someone who upgraded from a Rebel XTi to a 5D Mark II, it comes down to a simple conclusion: some cameras can just handle more shit.
- And by shit, I mean shit. You’re still gonna make some god-awful photos with that mkii.
In summary: know your gear, love your gear, and don’t be a dick about it.
See this video for more information: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0la5DBtOVNI
*SPL in no way condones grand theft auto…
Editor’s note: ‘hooking’ is not in reference to fishing, which is what I thought. THE MORE YOU KNOW!
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