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Welcome to another creative photographic tip. Here I want to talk a little bit about gear. You know whether you are a woodworker or a musician or an artist or a photographer, you have an interesting relationship with your gear because you rely on it. You can't do what you do without gear. Therefore it's worth taking a couple of minutes thinking about our relationship with our gear. You know, for me early in my photographic career, I had this experience which shaped how I think about my gear. I was listening to a prize-winning photographer.
She was voted as the Photojournalist of the Year. She worked for the LA Times. And she was sharing some images she captured in the Middle East. And she said at one point, there was a little bit of a sketchy situation. She was in one area. She had to run from one spot to another, and it was pretty dangerous, pretty dicey. Well, as she was running, she dropped her prized zoom lens. It fell on the ground and literally broke in two pieces. Now without missing a beat, she picked up both pieces, ran back to a corner, put the pieces together, duct tape them together.
Put them on her camera. She noticed that autofocus didn't work but manual focus did, and she kept on shooting. Now what's fascinating to me about that is it she showed these images that she captured with this broken lens. They were heart-wrenching, stunning and beautiful all at the same time. And what this experience taught me was that you know what, whatever gear you have, it's good enough. You know as a photographer, gear is really important. You need to know a lot about your gear. You need to dig into gear.
You need to read about your gear online and ask other photographers about what gear is best. But here's what else you need to do. Get into your gear, but also get over it. And remember that whatever gear you have, it's good enough.
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