As someone who thoroughly enjoys earning income by taking photos, it makes sense (in my opinion) to invest in the tools of the trade.
Camera bodies, lenses, microphones, tripod, editing software, remote, and flashes are all toys that I love to shop for. The best part is that I lump them into the cost of running my business. I even insure all my equipment, because how sexy is insurance? Chicks love a good insurance policy (or at least that’s what helps me fall asleep).
It’s super easy to get caught up in all the gear and gadgets. But they don’t create my work. I do.
Honestly, anybody with a credit card and an Amazon account can buy all the camera gear I have. But they won’t be able to take same photos, even with the same camera gear. I don’t say that from atop a pedestal (although I’m writing this from a pretty high mountain range), as I know that my work is never perfect.
My point is that cameras are made on production lines to look identical. They’re sold at the same price (although Adorama has great deals sometimes) and they’re shipped in the same boxes.
But the reason your camera won’t take the pictures I do is because I see the world differently than you do. You see the world differently than everyone else as well. No set of eyes is equal so the way you experience the world is unique to you. You are you. If you don’t believe me, ask Dr. Seuss who states that, “there is no one alive who is youer than you.”
Use your youness to shape your work. You see the world the way nobody else in the world sees it. Use that to your advantage. Don’t look at it through the cookie cutter lenses that are sold to you in malls or in the media. Use your own two eyes to show others the way you see it.
Do you see the world through a manufactured lens, or through your own eyes?