I took up photography while attending music college for recording engineering, and although I didn’t pursue a career in music, I’ve tried to follow the industry and technology very closely. What I’ve noticed is that there are some very striking parallels with photography.
Learning photography in the digital age can be extremely overwhelming. Amazing new cameras, software, and gadgets are being introduced daily. Your new digital camera can burst up to 10 frames per second and create 20 megapixel files. There are countless forums that all will tell you the "right" way to tone your images. You could spend the rest of your life trying to keep up with technology and forums and trends, but what is most important for aspiring shooters is to find a system that works for them and start making images.
In the first of this two-part blog posting, I wrote about all the non-gear related things that make my life easier as a photographic road warrior. In this posting I will talk about the gear related technologies that do the same thing for me.
Like most photographers, I have a love-hate relationship with the tools I use. I am as captivated as the next photographer by the promise of the newest cameras, yet I am loath to give up old strategies that have served me so well. As a photographer, I depend on my cameras to make the pictures I want to make. As a professional, I depend on that same gear to earn my living.
One of my favorite things to do at the end of the year is to check out all of the "best of" lists that get complied and passed around. I'm the kind of person who'll endlessly analyze the critic's picks of the best albums of the year, and make a point of trying to catch the films hailed as the year's best. This time around I thought it would be fun if B&H got in on the "best of" craze and put together a list of our own.
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