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I have been thinking about what we photographers spend our hard-earned money on photographically.
I was trying think through the most and least beneficial uses of money to progress our photographic journey.
Is it just me and my perception that the majority of photographers will spend huge amounts on hardware and software in the vain belief that newer more advanced technology will be the golden bullet to achieve their dreams?
I think most photographers look in the wrong direction when trying to assess the benefits of money spent on photography.
The next time you think about sending money on photography I suggest you ask yourself these questions, will the investment:
– be a better way to understand real seeing as opposed to just looking for pictures?
– nourish your vision, style and creativity?
– expand photo opportunities?
– provide answers to why and not how to?
To quote Michelangelo “The most common money related mistake artists (& photographers) make is a reluctance to invest in own careers”.
I see investing in the latest computer and camera technology as fools gold if what you have is adequate for your needs. (I know there is a catch 22 here). It’s easy to teach yourself how to push buttons on a keyboard to use software. Such activity is just a sideshow to the main event.
Your real needs are to learn and understand how to:
– communicate to others at an emotional level what you find significant
– to see photographically (as a camera sees)
– put your personality into a picture frame.
If we photographers chased after these aspirations our photography and bank balances would be in better balance.
The picture above was taken on a Freeman Patterson Workshop in NB Canada in 2009. As part of the workshop the students are set a project – mine was “Heavy Metal”. So this Peavey electric guitar was borrowed for the pictures. I have played guitar for over 40 years, no amount of money spent on a super expensive guitar will give me a talent and natural ability if I do not already posses it. (Substitute camera for guitar).
Hopefully you get point I am making and to progress your photographic journey you need to look inside yourself more than to easy irrelevant bolt-ons with new technology.
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(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012