Taking A More Minimalist Approach

Battery Grip

There has been a lot of discussion out there about how much gear you really need and which camera or lenses you should get. I get caught up in that myself and I will admit to having much gear envy.

But the more I think about it the more I realize that no matter what gear I have or how big and fast my lenses are, it will not make me a better photographer. What I need to do is get my creative juices flowing. I’m hoping to accomplish this by pulling back on the amount of gear I carry around with me.

Here’s what I have done. I took my battery grip off the camera. It’s so heavy. My camera is almost double the weight with this beast on it. I decided to only take one lens with me when I go out. Today I have the 50mm f/1.8 on the camera. Such a nice lens. Then, and here is the big one, I left my camera bag at home and just brought my camera with me to work. Normally I have everything with me. Today, it’s just the camera and the one lens. Nothing else.

I must admit, it’s a bit of an odd sensation and I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. One lens, no strobe, no other toys! Yikes. Well we will see what happens but I’m hoping to increase my vision instead of relying on any gear.



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