David duChemin has a lot of wise things to say when it comes to photography, and I can vouch for the wisdom of his proposed approach. When I first developed an interest in photography I didn’t understand much of anything about how to create a good digital photograph. I just knew I needed a good camera. Except for the expense, buying photography equipment is about the easiest thing you can do when you’re starting out. I bought lots of equipment early in my photography journey, thinking that was the fastest route to success. With each new purchase I hoped that I would finally start to achieve the results I was looking for. What I didn’t understand was that I wasn't speeding up my progress - I was slowing it down. Whenever I introduced a new piece of equipment or software into the mix - whether it was a new camera, a new lens, a new light, or a new editing program - I introduced one more variable that made it that much harder for me to figure out why I ended up with the results that I did.
Eventually I learned that no new piece of equipment was going to be the answer. My equipment purchases slowed dramatically. A couple of months ago I made the decision to sell a lot of of my equipment so that I only have to deal with one camera system (Sony). The technical part of creating a photo is really nothing more than a series of decisions, and I can’t begin to describe how much this simplifies my decision-making process. Now for the month of April I’m taking this simplification theme one step further--I'm limiting myself to using only one lens on my Sony (a 24-70 f/4.0). I'm giving myself the option of adding extension tubes to that lens for macro photography. I can also use my iPhone. The 24-70 went on my camera towards end of March and it won’t come off until at least May 1st. I’m really curious about how much I’ll learn about that lens over the next few weeks. I’m also looking forward to learning more about how to take a really good iPhone photo.