OK, I know no one ever reads this page but I am going to write on it any way.
I have always been a techie and I will always be a techie.
A couple of months after being married, my wife and I were finding our seats on a flight to somewhere. As I prepared to sit down, I got out my IPod, headphones, headphone amplifier, laptop, and computer magazines and then sat down. After she sat down, with just her purse and a book, she looked at me and said, “I really married a geek didn’t I?”. That pretty much said it all.
As almost every single photographer will tell you, they love taking and viewing pictures. Even though I have always had very good equipment, I think I have always taken what I call “good snap shots”. Most of my earlier work (some of which is on this website), are just “snap shots” sprinkled with an occasional great picture.
It wasn’t until I had formal training, read a few hundred books and articles, hired mentors, and practiced until I thought I was going to wear out my camera (and index finger), was I able to see the transition from taking “good snapshots” to taking great pictures. I have a long way to go, and I still take a boat load of “good snapshots” but I find the snapshots are getting fewer and fewer and I’m finding more great pictures in my work.
My style is different than many photographers. I have observed some photographers take hundreds, even thousands, of pictures at a shoot and hope they find a few great pictures somewhere in the lot. And then after finding the pictures, altering them heavily in Photoshop to get something out of them. My philosophy is very different. I believe that if I am patient, let my spirit calm, and concentrate on what I am seeing and feeling, I can capture the moment with a few well set pictures. A good example of this technique is in my HDR (High Dynamic Range), floral, landscapes, and portrait work. Very little post processing was needed and almost every capture was a good picture.
Second to the photographers eye, the lens is the next critical piece of gear an photography will use. With the exception of a couple of specialized lenses, my lenses are Canon L series lenses. The Canon L series lenses are regarded as some of the best photographic lenses ever made. They are very expensive and each lens costs more than all but a few digital camera’s on the market today.
The Rest of the gear
The bottom line, even with some of the best camera equipment made, it’s the photographers eye that makes the difference, not the gear.