Okay let me say that I will be talking about the gear I use and why. If you ask me tomorrow or in a month my gear might change. Gear or photography tools is a very personal thing. It is like carpenter tools. Some hammers are wooden, others metal and they come in a variety of weights and sizes.
The same applies to pilers, wrenches, tape measures and the list goes on. We choose the right tool for a specific job and one that we can control and feel comfortable using.
The tools that photographers use are cameras. The right tool can make a difference in getting the job done, but what is almost as important or more so is the person holding the tool.
Years ago I used two nikon film cameras, a host of prime lens, tripod and photoflood lights with reflectors and stands. I carried all of that (except the lights unless I needed them) with me. Fast forward to someone no longer a teenager nor in their twenties and the gear has changed.
I have the necessary TTL flash, stands, backgrounds, reflectors tripods and cameras. My lens are no longer prime as technology has improved and some of the fast (wide aperture such as 1.4 or 2.8) zoom lens are great.
What do I typically carry? A micro 4/3 camera with about four fast zoom lens and a macro lens. I might only take two lens with me and a tripod. In addition I have a smaller point and shoot as a back up camera. The important attribute of a camera for me is a screen which tilts so I don’t have to be on the ground for the low angle shots and a view finder. No way can I see what is on the LCD screen in bright sunlight. I might also have a flash and bounce card.
In undergraduate school we had to get a Diana camera and shoot with that. That is the plastic film camera. Instead of getting hung up on a manual camera we were taught how to see. I saw a stunning exhibit in New Zealand in the 70’s in a gallery all shot with a Diana camera.
So putting all the gear aside it is the person behind the camera. Whatever you shoot with learn to see and have fun!
Photography as Therapy