My latest article on the Improve Photography website is titled Full frame DSLR photography without breaking the bank – this is how I do it
I have been thinking about this for some time to be honest.
I have lost count of the number of architectural shoots where all I have used is the following
And some other things which all fit in my Peak Design Everyday Backpack
- Spare batteries
- Memory cards
- Cleaning stuff
- Platypod and ball head
- Grey card
- Passport colour Checker
I have two other bags which I take with me on every shoot, and a tool box.
These contain a lot of my other gear – not all of it – there is another large box in my office
And how often do I use this other stuff?
Not often. To be fair a lot of it is spares just in case something doesn’t work. And some gear that I use when needed, such as my painters pole, stepladders etc.
But to be fair to my Canon gear it has never failed me – hope I am not tempting fate here!
And this is one of the reasons that I stick with the gear I have – it works day in day out. And that is an important thing when you make a living doing this.
But more times than not I use the following
- Canon 6D
- Canon17-40mm lens
- L bracket
- Grey card
- Tripod and geared head
And that is it. None of the other stuff gets a look in. And this is where the thought came to me, along with the subject for this latest article.
And this is how I do it. I have not made this up to make myself sound quirky, a tech hating hipster. No – and this is not a marketing tool or USP.
It is just how I have evolved as a photographer,
The more I know, the better I get, the less gear I use.
I can also apply this to my processing.
I have dabbled, as I will be writing about next month’s long blog post, in all sorts of image processing software. And have never mastered anything other than Lightroom.
For my commercial photography work I import my images into Lightroom, and that is where I do most of my editing. I do final polishing of images in Photoshop, but that is removing things, cleaning things up and finishing off an image
The only tools I use in Photoshop are
- Clone stamp
- Healing brush
- Patch tool
And somethings the wonderful content aware fill – this is mainly for landscape and travel work though, which is still work.
I don’t use layers in Photoshop.
I don’t understand them, possibly because I have never found a use for them. I am quite a literal person – if I don’t need it I don’t need it and learning it is problematic for me.
And I don’t use any of the various plug-ins that I have bought over the years, nor the other software that I have bought.
And to be honest my processing in Lightroom gets less and less the more I refine my workflow, whilst at the same time maintaining a consistently higher standard of work.
I guess this all part of the evolutionary process, which is why I wrote the article I did.
This really has been an interesting article to write, along with these additional thoughts in this post – I have simplified down my gear, image capture process and digital processing workflow.
They are all refined now to repeatable, efficient workflows producing high quality work.
I guess that the one thing I need to do now is to record these three things
- Image capture
- Image processing
As I appear to be in a good place right now with all three aspects of my photography.
It was nice to be able to write about these thoughts, I find that writing helps me make sense of things.
Unfortunately, I am having to reduce my output on Improve Photography to once a month at the moment – there is just too much going on and something had to give time wise.
I am going to be producing longer posts on my photography blog, very similar to the kinds of things I have written about for Improve Photography.
I am looking forward to receiving comments from the readers of the Improve Photography website – that is the bit I really enjoy. Even the negative comments – you can’t please everyone all the time!
And there is the spike in traffic to my website, which is becoming to be honest less noticeable with the other work that I have been doing on my website and my blog.
It is interesting to see what people think of my writing, especially as I am getting comments from all around the world.
As I said I really enjoy this aspect of the writing – it is probably the first-time people have read what I have written and told me what they think. Up to this point I have been producing daily output on my photography blog that is not being read by many people, but I always knew that I had to get through that and stick with it.
Next month’s article
Next month’s article subject matter is to be decided. In the meantime, I have lots of other things to be getting on with on my website and with my images.
I have a few thoughts on what to write and have promised a summary of the comments from my series of articles about being an architectural photographer.
I fancy writing a post about being a photography blogger, but we will have to wait and see what I come up with over the next month.