How many of us have whined about lacking new equipment (like that’s going to make us the next Cartier-Bresson!)? Are we not wide-eyed and get utterly silly when we see the latest and greatest in trade shows like PhotoPlusExpo? Yes, we all drool and we do tend to get quickly flustered don’t we?
Shedding gear is quite frankly, liberating. I try and do it on assignments from time to time. I photographed a desi singles event about a week ago and took with me just one camera body, a lens and a flash (knowing that I may need to use it in dim lighting). It worked. I couldn’t have used my longer lenses (even though they are fast at f/2.8). Simplifying what we use can better help us focus on what’s in front of the camera, our subjects.
Aaron Huey, a photographer, echoes the sentiments expressed to me a while back by a New York Times photo editor – “Go Simple. Go Wide. Go Deep.” Try his technique and let me know how your experiment panned out. If many of you wish to post your images here on TiffinBox, I would be happy to create a photo album. Email me your thoughts at: tiffinbox[at]pipalproductions[dot]com.