voluntary limits

There is always a particular piece of kit -- a camera, a lens, an accessory -- that is ideal for a particular application.

From this, it follows that there is always a temptation to try to acquire the kit you need for every application, and to carry it with you, so you are always prepared for everything.

And from this, it follows that you miss a lot of pictures, because you spend so much time agonizing about what to use, and getting things out and putting them away.

This in turn leads to the 'one camera, one lens' fantasy: if you could have only one camera and one lens, what would it be? And the answer, of course, is "Why limit yourself unnecessarily?"

In this module, we look at minimalist outfits; how to choose and use them; how and when to use the 'wrong' kit and still have a good chance of getting the 'right' picture; and about having different outfits for different applications. We also look at when it's best just to admit you haven't got the right camera with you, and give up.

There is some overlap with the free module How many cameras do you need but it's surprisingly different. It also contains observations on how (and perhaps why) photographers are like cats.

Tree roots, Montreil-sur-Mer

Frances shot this with a 'baby' (6x9cm) Linhof on Kodak colour negative film.


tree roots


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