Importance of gear ...

Started Mar 3, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP deednets Veteran Member • Posts: 8,704
Re: Importance of gear ...

ShawnHoke wrote:

deednets wrote:

bruxi wrote:

Learning the principles of light or post processing will give you 100x better photos than a new body or lens.

Gear is the sad crutch of the lazy, vision-less photographer.

100x? is that a fact?

I take it you have good lighting?

I agree regarding a "new" body! I am not sure where this "new" comes into this, I was asking about the correlation between gear, then confidence then better photos - or not. Clearly you think there is nothing in it for you, right?

So you would go onto an Alaska photoshoot with an iPHONE? Or a G10? Regardless, because gear doesn't matter? And compensate with knowledge, light and PP?

I think you might be going a long way with this attitude, but I am not sure where this "new" equals vison-less comes from?


Yeah, that's a pretty broad brush to paint photographers with. I choose gear or format for the project. My vision includes an understanding of the best tool (or gear) to give me the final output I want. That could be an iPhone, a DSLR, a Hasselblad, or even a view camera.

An example: if I want an 8x10 contact print I have to use my 8x10 camera and compose everything perfectly on the ground glass. There is no cropping or correcting afterwards. My set up for contact prints involves a bare bulb hanging from our bathroom ceiling and 3-7 seconds of light. No dodging. No buring. No post processing. The vision has to be there when I trip the shutter, there is no going back. And the result (hopefully, not always) is a perfect 8x10 fiber print. To do this I need the correct gear. I can't do that with my Hasselblad, my iPhone, or my Nikon DSLR. So yes, gear is important to me. And no I'm not lazy.

If bruxi wants to rely on post processing (light? of course!) that's his thing. Some people (not me, I post process like everyone else normally) would consider that a "sad crutch of the lazy, vision-less photographer."

Haha, good one, surely you couldn't get a PhaseOne 200Mpx -and then crop later whatever ... take a photo of the lot in 360 degree and you PP later.

I don't particularly like it when terms like new gear = lazy - or vison less - creep into a conversation. It is like saying that if you can afford a Leica and buy one (instead of losing 15.000,00 in the first year, which is quite acceptable amongs BMW drivers) then you must be a bad photographer, since you need such expensive gear to get your results ...

No wait, am I getting this right now?

I think you are right regarding the "best tool" for a particular job, but there is a lot of shooting from the hip when you state that gear actually matters ...


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