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  • Writer's pictureShivaram Ainavolu

Does Photography Gear matters....?

It isn’t about the gear. It has never been about the gear and as soon as you realize that, you will be free to create and shoot in a new and exciting way.

There are so many creative choices that you can make – high key or low key, black and white or colour, cool or warm tones, tight abstract or bigger picture, low to the ground or eye level, morning/daytime/evening light – but none of these references your gear at all. These are all things you may even decide before you even pick up the camera.

"It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart, and head.” -Henri Cartier-Bresson

So much of what we do is visualizing the image in our heads, and putting in place the required circumstances or situations to make that image happen. You may have to save for a couple of years to afford the trip to Leh or Spiti

Sometimes Gear Does Matter

The truth is, gear matters and it can help you secure better photos, but it’s only one part of the equation. You also have to consider technique and artistic / creative vision too. Think of them as the three pillars of a great image.

Yes, there are absolutely situations when having a specific piece of gear totally matters. It is difficult to take macro shots of things if you don’t have a macro lens or similar options.

Having a longer lens makes those birding shots a lot easier as well, not only are birds skittish, they can fly away from you.

Ultimately, choosing the camera, lens, lights, and other gear is a crucial part of the creative process, just like choosing a subject, finding good light, and composing the frame. So, while we shouldn’t fixate on gear, we should definitely respect it.

Love for the photography...!!!


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