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Photographer Requirements – Gear vs Creativity

Forgive me, I am not against photographers or photography classes. In truth, I am a strong proponent of eductating yourself as much as possible, particularly when it comes to photography. However, due to a recent change in attitude on my part, I must say this.

Photographers are not necessarily the by-product of great camera gear!

Believe it. I said it, and I’m sticking with it. I, too was once a proponent of the idea that one must have the very best of gear in order to be a photographer. He needed a well equiped studio that had all the lighting equipment and technical aids for any kind of photo setup.

I was mistaken.

The gear does not define the photographer. Neither does the college degree define the photographer.

And, a special “gift” does not make one a photographer.

Photography is real life. It’s an individual who knows when to press the shutter button on the camera. It’s about “seeing” the light that will make a difference in the photo.

Think about the wonderful images that have captured your imagination or moved you to some different emotional state. Those are the images of a photographer. They have life. Even the photographs of still objects that attract you do it by stirring you emotionally. Those pictures call out to you and grab you.

Photographers take these kind of pictures. They can do it with great gear or mediocre gear. They can do it with a pinhole camera, if necessary. They have a passion for it. When they see the photograph, they press the shutter button.

Some of the ways you can identify a photographer:

•  A photographer looks at the world artistically and notices things like light and color values, and he incorporates line and design in his photographic compositions.

•  A photographer appreciates nature and can photograph it so that everyone else can too.

•  A photographer is exceedingly observant of his surroundings and takes lots of images of it.

•  He loves sharing his pictures so that others can experience the emotions that they bring out.

But there are also some common misconceptions about photographers that you need to get rid of:

•  He is not just lucky. Being at the right place at the right time does play a part in the game, but it is not because of luck. It is because she is dedicated to her passion.

•  He is good because she has the newest and bestest of gear. Many folks think that if they don’t have that new digital SLR that just came out with the super-duper prime lens, they will not get the best shots. Although having good gear is important for a pro, it does not define a photographer.

•  A photographer does not need to be a born artist. It is true that some people have a better eye for picture making, but it is also true that the eye can be trained to see the creative images.

•  A photographer is savvy about technical concepts. A misconception about photography is that it is very technical, and therefore it is hard to learn. Sorry, but this is just not true. A photographer can take remarkable pictures with a cell phone. Some cameras and studio setups are quite technical, nevertheless, once again, they do not define a photographer.

Great photography is really extremely simple. Be willing to take a photograph when the opportunity presents itself (hence the term “photo opportunity”). “See” your surroundings in a different light. Be familiar with some basic guidelines about shooting technique. Shoot.

I love photography and all things related to it. Cameras, camera gear, and image editing software fascinate me, so I am either buying the newest piece of equipment (or software) or researching my next purchase.

Photography education is a lifelong learning opportunity. You can find out more about learning basic photography at

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Stock Photos Guru and Canon 5D Mk II Photographer Thomas Hawk’s Top 10 Ways to Improve Flickr – Discussing stock photography guru Thomas Hawk’s “Top 10 Ways to Improve Flickr”. Thomas Hawk is a great photographer with an excellent eye. He has millions of photos online, many over at the Flickr website. Currently he shoots with a Canon 5D MkII if memory serves. Check out his work for some great eye candy and visual ideas! http
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Wedding Photographer Bristol: – Some Advice Regarding Wedding Photography Gears

If you are new to the wedding photography business, then there are so many things which you have to know and consider. The most important thing is the creativity, which comes from inside, but the other major things are the perfect gears to make your creativity even more perfect. So, here I would like to suggest you some of the major gears, which helps you in enhancing your creativity.

• Camera(s): 

You must carry two cameras one as primary and the other one is for the backup purpose.

• Lenses: 

A wide angle or short lens of 14-28mm or maybe an 18-50mm for the group photographs or some other creative shots. 

A telephoto(s) lens of around a 28-70mm or even a 70-200mm is another good investment for candid or and close-up shots.

When you are carrying two cameras together, then use wide angle lens for the group photographs on one and the telephoto lens on other for the candid photography.

• Lights: 

A powerful flash with a power-pack is the best one to carry with. This will make you to concentrate more on the shots rather than on the flash settings. This power-pack also give some relieve from the continuous charging of batteries. If not having enough budgets to carry power-pack, then at least use the chargeable batteries for the camera and for the flash too.

A light kit with at least two lights and stands two umbrellas or soft boxes. It is always best to photograph the groups with a professional lighting system.

• Memory Cards or Film: 

Instead of facing problem regarding shortage of memory cards or films, you must carry several memory cards or photo films with you. Several photographers use to carry several films together.

• Other Important Gear 

Camera or “AA” battery chargers 

Pocket Wizard to synch the lights 

Light Meter 

Extension cords and power strips 

Lens cleaning kit 



Breath mints 

Optional: laptop, portable burner, iPad or similar device

• Important person: 

Having a second shooter that you work well with and trust is exceptionally important. They support in capturing cutaway shots, candid moments, or shots you may have missed, and they help keep everything flowing efficiently. It’s always a good idea to have a second pair of eyes.

Being a Wedding Photographer Bristol is not an easy thing. You have to carry all your stuff and gears together with you and sometimes you have to wear some of those gears while shooting a important session.



The author has been writing articles from last three years on various topics. With this article, he wants to share information about the Wedding Photographer Bristol 




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