We have all been there, you’re stressing out because there is not enough light. You want the biggest best camera because it handles so well in low light, or cranking your shutter speed down to try and keep your ISO low.
I was really into gear and buying the best of the best a couple years ago, I felt like if I just bought that new camera model it would make my photos that much better. The advertisements always suck you in, at least they did with me and some still do. Don’t get me wrong, I love new gear but I choose my gear a lot different now. I focus on buying gear that’s very specific to my needs. For instance, if I was a sports photographer I would need a camera that shot a million fps, or maybe a crazy telephoto lens for wildlife. My focus is mostly street and portraits so I buy what fits my needs for that.
What I’ve Learned
Street photography has taught me to slow down and care about what I’m actually photographing. What’s in my frame, what my subjects are doing and what the world around them is doing. I’m not really worried about how much depth of field I have or keeping my ISO low to avoid noise, half the time I could care less about what lens I have on my camera at that moment. If I need to get closer I walk closer, If I need a wider shot I move back, If I need more light I will crank my ISO to the max if that’s what it takes. I’ve learned to shoot with what I have and what’s in front of me. As long as I get the shot I was trying to get then I’m happy, if I miss the shot I move on and don’t let it weigh me down.
What I’m trying to say is…use what you have. Don’t let that new camera model make you feel like you need it to create something better. Don’t worry, you will get the shot and everything will work out. It might take some work around but you will figure out the situation. So just be happy with the gear you have and create for you, don’t try and impress the world, don’t count on those Instagram follows, or how many likes your photos get. Some will agree with me and some will disagree, but I’m writing this because I know someone out there is struggling, thinking their favorite photographer is so good because he/she shoots with that five thousand dollar camera or lens. That’s not the case, master what gear you have at this moment and shine with it. Just my thoughts.