Do we really need all the gear we photographer carry about? I'm gonna find out...
Well it's official.
I have sold my canon full frame DSLRs and most of my canon L glass.
It may seem strange but as my work moves into new and exciting areas it is time to move with those changes. I am planning on making this year all about the final product and not getting bogged down in the gear.
All to often photographers and videographers, my self included, get caught up in having the most, the best and the what ever else is on trend, and that's fine to a point, but not any more!
Now I am not sat here preaching to you because I am perfect, oh no, I am all to often found bidding my heart out on eBay. Admittedly my gear is selling or has sold on eBay and so there was a need to be there but I still spend far to much time shopping and not enough time creating.
It is too easy to get bogged down in what kit to take to a job instead of being thoughtful and creative and just photographing! Yes, obviously some things are required for specialised work but my plan is to have a small light bag that I can take anywhere and do any job with.
The proof that this will work is, the other night whilst at a job with another photographer, we found that on arrival the job was totally miscommunicated or miss understood. Either way we both had enough gear but essently not the ideal set ups. So instead we had to get creative and think on our feet and making the job, I think, more fun and interesting. The work we produced was no less of a standard to anything else we had done we just had to achieve it differently.
So anyway, thus far, although not finalised my bag will have in it...
- Olympus OM-D E-M1 ii
- Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera
- Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 pro
- Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 pro
- Zoom H1
All neatly tucked away in a temba large messenger bag.
There may be changes, more than likely there will be changes but that is my initial plan. Small, lightweight and simple.
There will obviously be a few extra things that will shift in and out like a tripod and or a monopod for example, perhaps a speed light of some sort and a pop up replector but again I plan not to have too much gear. If I need big lights I will rent (as my lights are being sold too) as I need. but again I plan not to use too much gear.
I don't want to be suffocated by tonnes of equipment anymore.
I want to take photographs and record video.