An email I just received….
“Rob…I’m a pretty serious amateur photographer looking to buy some equipment as I haven’t shot for a few years now. May do portraits and the odd wedding for friends. I was a Nikon D200 shooter before but now have no equipment what so ever! What would you recommend as someone who is a hard working photographer. Thanks in advance for any help Scott”
My reply…..“Scott, don’t buy anything…..yet. Use what you got. Shoot, shoot, shoot….learn to see light, pose, create and shoot for mastery.
Sadly, many feel that getting the “right” equipment constitutes seeing light, posing, creating and, ugh, marketing.
It’s like the dude with 11 guitars, yet he’s stuck playing alone in his basement.
It takes a long time to put in your 10,000 hours….but that’s what it takes….10,000 hours…or almost.
Owner stuff is not a replacement.
One camera, one lens is all you need for now.
Not sure that that’s the answer you hoped for, but in todays photographic industry there is so much BS, especially with wannabees, fake artists and poseurs.
And, in all honesty, it’s such an open ended, vastly huge question with a thousand answers. All I’m saying is, the tools that really matter, is right there, between your ears.
Having said that, I shoot Sony mirrorless…..I believe mirrorless is the future :)….
Here’s 2 short videos where I explain why I switched HERE.
When it comes to lenses, lights, tripods….all depends what you’re shooting, how much you wanna spend (again, don’t fall into the trap of ownership equals skill….)
Scott replied to my reply:
“Thank you very much, I knew I’d get a logical answer from yourself and I totally get what you are saying ! Do you still run the No Bs success website ? And if so do you think it would be a great place for me to be a member of ? Many thanks again Scott”
“Anytime Scott! Yes, my forum would be a great place to be. Remember that scene (me thinks from The Hobbit movie???) where the little dude goes into the dragon’s den, and there’s gold everywhere. And a sleeping dragon. Well, the forum is kinda like that. Except the dragon is a friendly dragon. And the gold is real.”
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Yours in photography and success,
“If you want to be a profitable and successful photographer,
then study profitable and successful photographers.”