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...we can so easily become obsessed with equipment. Of course we've all been told, "What a great photo, you must have a very good camera!" and we suspect that prize winning novelists are never told, "What a great book, you must have a really good word processor!" - but do we do this to ourselves?
There are debates runnig on forums "I use Lightroom" "I use Photoshop" "I use Picasa"....and I was thinking, "I don't care, I just want to post process my images." Then I thought perhaps we should also apply that to cameras and just concentrate on what we are trying to use them for. One of the best photographers I know has for years used a Kodak bridge camera. His images knock spots off most of ours, with all our camera bodies, lenses and accessories. Why? Well skill certainly, artistic vision certainly, but also a lack of confusion as to what to use next. He getsw on with image making and the kit is very secondary to that.
This is where a sense of purpose comes in. Rather than really wanting to buy a camera and then fishing around for something to do with it, if we approach things from the end product point of view then the problem largely goes away. So let's think instead that, perhaps, we need images to illustrate a lecture. Then we go out and make them. Now let's make the lecture "Creative Photography" and go out and make 20 images to illustrate that. Now the problem of what to take goes away and we're concentrating on the images, not the equipment.
So there's a project: make 20 creative images. I've done a few projects like that, and here's a small selection of images from my "creative" set: