Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Trivia (LV) - Pro Advice

#4 The less gear you carry the more photos you take

This is a lesson I learnt the hard way after dragging excessive amounts of camera gear across Tokyo and when I was traveling.  Typically I would leave the house with my Canon 5DMKII.   I wanted to ensure I would catch any shot so I will make sure to bring a good assortment of lenses; 16-35mm, 24-70mm, 50mm, 135mm and maybe my 70-200mm.  I would also have an assortment of filters, a flash or two and other odds and ends.   At the end of the day, I spend all of my energy lugging gear around that I didn’t spend nearly as much time shooting.    The reality is you can make great photographs with whatever gear you have granted you know how to use it.

Now more often than not, I leave the house with a single prime (fixed focal length) lens.   This allows me to focus on taking pictures and bringing out my creativity to capture the shot I need with the only focal length I have.   I carry the most minimal of accessories; extra card, extra battery, an ND filter and a cloth to wipe the lens.    That’s it.

Do I miss some shots due to my limited gear?    Sure, but what I missed is easily made up by all of the other shots I get.   My average blog post has increased from 5-10 pictures on average back in January to what is now running on average about 30 shots per day.    I think the quality of the photos have also improved.

Dave Powell from ShootTokyo


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