Do as I say. Not as I do.

Q: HOW IS IT THAT MANY PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS RARELY FOLLOW THEIR OWN ADVICE? I SEE SO MANY PROS GIVING ADVICE TO PEOPLE ASPIRING TO MAKE PHOTOGRAPHY A CAREER BY SAYING, “IT’S NOT ABOUT THE EQUIPMENT. YOU DON’T NEED EXPENSIVE EQUIPMENT.” YET YOU’RE OUT THERE WITH EXPENSIVE LIGHTING, $20,000+ MEDIUM FORMAT RIGS, AND FULL-FRAME DSLRS. ERIC KIM SAYS, “BUY BOOKS, NOT GEAR,” YET HE WALKS AROUND WITH $10,000+ WORTH OF LEICA GEAR. IF HE FOLLOWED HIS OWN ADVICE, HE’D BE SHOOTING WITH A POINT-AND-SHOOT. WHAT GIVES?

A: Because we got to medium format gear and Leicas with crap gear. We started somewhere. Most of us got caught up in chasing the gear instead of the light, the moment, the photo. I had more gear at one point in ...

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