Try not to get caught up with the type or amount of equipment you have. Many photographers think, “If only I had this or that lens, I could take better photos”. It’s best to remember that great images come not just from having the technical know-how but seeing these images in your minds eye.
I have found that sometimes less is more. It frees you from the decision of what lens to use and instead allows you to think more about what it is you are shooting.
I visited the festival website to see what, if any photographic equipment I could bring along. I wasn’t going primarily to shoot but as usual, I’ll try to avail of the opportunity. The website stated that no professional photography equipment would be permitted. Dang!
The Nikkor 50mm F1.8 is the cheapest lens you will buy and an essential piece of kit for all photographers.
To photograph something like a live band, you need to be in the moment. You need to be a part of the experience. Thinking about changing lenses and actually changing them takes you out of that moment – that “decisive moment” as Cartier-Bresson would say.
The fact that I could shoot at F1.8 also meant that it was possible to capture some good images in the low light. And that aperture also allows for some creativity too.
After that day, I decided that occasionally I would restrict myself to one lens for some photoshoots.
This will force me to really think about the scene and what it is, that I want to capture. As photographers, we all need to think less about equipment and more about what we are trying to convey and more importantly, why.
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