Stop Worrying About Gear Just Make Photos

It’s not your fault, if you like photography you’ll read endless articles about the latest gear. 

Don’t bother reading them anymore. Focus on the main thing: making great photos.

The December air had that cold dampness to it that gets through to your bones. And the sky was a typical leaden grey blanket.

My wife and I found ourselves walking along a local canal towpath with our granddaughter. The canal water was a murky brown and the vegetation hung in untidy strands. 

Garish graffiti covered the older bridges. While the newer ones glowed in the winter gloom with tungsten lights. 


I had a problem. 

Despite the grey gloom of December  and the inner city murky canal, there were photos to make. 

Our granddaughter was full of the joys of innocence you have when you’re five years old. She was going to take us to the echo bridge. And the big pipe she’d seen on the same walk with her dad.

The problem was, this outing wasn’t planned. So, I didn’t have my camera with me. 

But photos were there. The stillness of the canal water produced some great reflections, for a start. And it’s always nice to get some family photos. 

I didn’t know we would be on this walk. I didn’t know would we be out and about — it happened, as these things can do. 

Then, I saw another picture opportunity. It was getting annoying. The thing is, I did have my iPhone…

I figured it wouldn’t do, though. We were walking along a canal bank. I’d need some focal length variations. And I’d need some creative control to make the most of the flat winter light.

To hell with it. I pulled my iPhone out my pocket anyway. I took the shot you see in the main photo above. The Halide camera app gives some creative control. And there was always post processing.

After that picture, I fired off a couple more. I was zooming with my feet. And I was adjusting ISO and shutter speed at least. I grabbed this shot:

I kept the exposure even. I figured these photos would work well in black and white. So, I’d do the development work in Lightroom. 

Now, I started to see more photos, like this one: reflections

And this one:

the canal

I was enjoying it now. I stopped worrying about not having the ‘right’ camera with me. I focused on getting photos I could work with. It saved the day. 

There was the point. I stopped worrying about gear. I stopped wishing I had extra focal length and other settings options. 

I didn’t and that was that. 

Instead, I worked with what I had and made some decent photos. And that is what photography is all about. 

The camera is the tool, it’s what you make with it that matters.

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