My current stable of awesome cameras
I have a camera and it is Awesome! Actually, I have quite a few awesome cameras. I am a geek and I LOVE gadgets, so you can often find me drooling at the latest and greatest in camera and computer gear. The name awesomecamera.com came to me a number of years ago because someone would see my photographs and say “Wow! This photograph is beautiful, you must have an Awesome Camera!” If you are a photographer at any level, I am certain you have heard this as well! This statement does not offend me, because as I stated earlier, I do have an awesome camera or two. What it does make me realize is that for some reason when it comes to photography, there is too much emphasis on the camera and/or gear. In the end, good gear can help you but it does not determine your success.
Think about it. Are there any other professions that are focused so much on gear? Music, maybe, but I can tell you I can pick up my 1995 $300 Mexican Fender Stratocaster and $5,000 Signature Edition Fender Stratocaster and the sound that comes out will be primarily the same…. Why? Because music is in your fingertips! I remember the time, when my brother in law, Steve came over to my house, picked up my Strat and started playing like Stevie Ray Vaughan. I could not believe my guitar sounded so incredible. There he was holding my axe, plugged into my tiny little amp and melodies were ripping out of there like they never have before. It had nothing to do with the gear… It was Steve and his gifts. I remember thinking at that point there was no use to me getting a better more expensive guitar. If I couldn’t make my current guitar sing like that, why should I spend the money on a new one? Sure, better build quality, weight, tonality, would be improvements, but if my fingertips didn’t get better there would be no advantage.
Enter my photography journey (which I hope never ends until I leave this world)
Impulses, at times have caused me to buy the newest gadgets over the years. My thinking, admittedly, has been ‘This is it! This is the piece of gear that is going to put me to the next level. My life will be improved, my photography will become more beautiful, new workflows will be birthed, ah…. rainbows and unicorns for everyone!’…. This just isn’t the reality that is achieved after the purchase is made. At first, it is exciting to get that new piece of equipment, but the excitement usually fades quickly. Nothing really changes and there I am, just where I was before I snatched up this new shiny object. There is actually a huge disappointment that comes after the purchase and you make your first image. Besides maybe some sensor colors/range/rendering my photographs still looked the same and then I had buyers remorse. Yuck! This can turn into a vicious cycle that impedes your growth.
Just like the music analogy I mentioned earlier, the crux of the issue is not the new gear or equipment. The issue is me. I was there before the new gear and I am still here after the new gear. So, if I was a problem before, I am still a problem afterward. It’s not about the camera, computer or gadget, it’s about me (and YOU)! I need to get better at the following:
The list continues. It all comes down to me. If I am not doing what it takes to make better photographs and an impact in this world, the journey ends. The destination will be right here, right now and be ‘This is as good as it gets..’
I don’t know about you, but this is not good enough for me. I don’t want to arrive at a destination. I want to enjoy the journey of photography which is such a crucial part of my life. I cannot be without photography. It comes with me everywhere. Just like my faith, photography is a part of me that I cannot detach myself from. I live it, breathe it and love it. I am assuming you do too, if you have read this far. You are hopefully in the same boat as me and I want to live this out together. Let’s learn together, grow together and make kick ass photographs that evoke emotion in people. I do not want to make pretty images or technically perfect images. I want to make photographs that people view and then ‘feel’ something. Something they may not be able to put their finger on, but it makes them ‘feel’.
I have been away from writing and sharing for the past 4 or 5 years because my priorities needed arranged. I am excited to get it out and continue the joy of helping and sharing. Awesomecamera.com is my platform to join you on your journey as well. My hope is to help each other become not just better photographers, but better souls. It is in my soul, where this passion resides. I need to feed it and grow it so it can be all it is designed to be. This doesn’t begin or end with gear and photography. It begins and ends with Us, flesh and blood, and our determination to learn, grow and take action. It is about doing. We will never be fulfilled if we are focused on the ‘things’ that assist us in making photographs. Only through continued development of ourselves, visions and goals will we achieve the satisfaction and joy that comes with creating great images and serving our audiences.
Let’s do this.