Spoke to my old friend Tony the other day. It’s been a while since we have spoken so we did the usual catch up on who is carrying what gear, where we’ve been, what we’ve done and so on. He has been making his living from photography for the last nine years or so and the content of his kit bag is a little more impressive than my own.
Anyway, he was telling me how he had gone to the tennis at Wimbledon this summer and he only took a compact with him. As luck would have it, he was sat just behind all the press photographers. Wishing he had taken his DSLR and long lens, he set about taking a few shots and making the best of the kit available.
The next day, Tony found a photo in the press that was virtually identical to one he had taken; not a huge surprise I suppose, considering he was just a few feet from the photographer. Even the fact that they released the shutter at the same moment was no great surprise as they were obviously all anticipating the same action.
The point is, having all the best kit is cool, but often the viewer will be unable to tell the difference. As I read on a blog recently, “the best camera is the one you have with you”.
And Tony’s comment (which I really liked) was “you won’t get the shot if you’re not there”.