One of the biggest deterrents many beginning photographers grapple with is gear. As if choosing your first camera and lens kit isn’t intimidating enough, there’s a laundry list of accessories that many photographers will insist you “need”. These expenses quickly add up, and many give up before they ever really start due to the costs of complicated equipment.
In truth, there’s very little that beginner’s need to navigate the basics. Photographer James Popsys shares his thoughts on a few items that burgeoning photographer’s definitely do not need to succeed.
Most photographers have a closet full of gear that rarely gets used, much to their dismay. The fact is that there’s a lot of different types of photographers out there, and what you gravitate towards will dictate what gear you need to invest in. For instance, a landscape photographer will firmly tell you that having a tripod is an absolute necessity. However, an equally accomplished street photographer might sheepishly admit that his has been collecting dust for the past 5 years. So, it makes a lot of sense to nail down the basics and figure out what you like to photograph before shelling out tons of money.
On top of that, there’s plenty of accessories for sale that might make your life as a photographer a little bit easier, but ultimately aren’t worth their price tag. Being able to distinguish what’s truly useful from the sea of available photo products takes time and experience.
You don’t need a small fortune to become a photographer, and cutting out the small stuff can make a big difference. Spend your time on learning the fundamentals rather than your paycheck on gear that may just weigh you down!
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