Recently I decided to take my photography even more seriously. But photography skills are not sold on Adorama, Amazon or flipkart. They sell only equipment and books.
So I did the quickest and easiest thing I could. I bought new gear! Yay!
And, I have more coming my way soon, esp if my trip to the US happens (May)
- Manfrotto / Gitzo tripod – mostly a 055xProB with a 498RC2
- Nikon ML-L3
- Circular polarizer
- GND filter
- A telephoto length macro lens
- SU-800 commander
- Light meter
- 2nd speedlight
- misc stuff
Does it make me a better photographer? Nay! Its the same old baggage behind the camera… perhaps more confused now with more gear.
Now, to add more knowledge to handle this additional stuff, I have purchased a few books.
- Light – science and magic by Fil Hunter, Steven Biver, Paul Fuqua
- Photographer’s eye by Michael Freeman
- The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes by Joe Mcnally
- Creative Composition: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques by Harold Davis
- few more from this list
I know there are those who don’t read books so as not to get influenced by other’s style… to maintain their individuality.. blah blah, I don’t give it a blink. As long as I improve my skills, I am fine.
Whether the gear and books will help me gain knowledge is another question. And whether the knowledge will help me gain better skills is yet another question. And whether the skills will help me take good photos is yet another question. I will conveniently not talk about them.. at least for now.
Now, before anyone bats an eyelid about the cost…
- yeah, its a big hole in my smallish pocket
- if I invest it somewhere and let it compound for many many years, my daughter will have a few lakhs more as her inheritance (will help her buy her Nikon stuff maybe). But hey, I would expect her to support herself fully beyond her higher education!
- I let all my personal finance learning over the years out of the window… and just let my heart follow a passion! You gotta break rules at times!
- opens up a lot of areas for me, which may (or may not) be a great help over the next few years
- I feel it is more of an investment than an expense (too nascent maybe)
- my savings is still in pink health (maybe its just me dreaming… )
For those that are inclined towards psychological explanations and behaviour patterns, there is a better explanation of such acts. Read more about it here.
PS: If you are a photography enthusiast, let me know what you are secretively planning for, to buy next! (And pray that your spouse doesn’t read about it)