“Amateurs discuss tactics, dilettantes discuss strategy, professionals discuss logistics”.
Thinking more about this throwaway line from my photography post last week…
… gaffer’s tape, foam core and a-clamps, because let’s face it, when you get right down to it, those are more important than the camera.
… got me thinking. I assisted for a good number of photographers in my youth, both local and national, and while all of them shot with the same brands of cameras you could find in a decently good pro shop, the difference in their photos was in what else they brought to the shoot besides their camera.
For instance, for a typical on-location corporate or editorial shoot, we’d pack up the van with a big case of lights (3’x2’x4′), 2-3 strobe power packs, a stand bag as big as a big golf bag, a tripod, a grip case the size of a medium suitcase stuffed with cords, clamps and whatnot, a cooler for film (kids, ask your parents), and another case for the cameras.
Out of the seven or eight cases on the shoot, only one held the items to actually take the shot, the rest of the equipment was about getting the environment prepared to take the shot.
Even fashion shooters, who usually eschew artificial lighting, bring along an assortment of reflectors, scrims and umbrellas designed to produce the soft, open light they need for a shot. A pro knows it’s not about the camera in your hands, it’s about controlling the light and the composition. The actual tripping of the shutter is just the last step.
So what does this have to do with guns?
Think about how many wannabes out there are CONVINCED that all they for better pictures is a new camera or a new lens, when really, all they need to do is see the light and know how to turn it into something useful.
How many wannabees out there are CONVINCED that all they need to make GM is a new magwell and more grip tape and new sights and a new holster, when all they need to do is recognize how they shoot a stage and what they need to change in themselves?
How many wannabes out there are CONVINCED that all they need to secure their family’s safety is the latest Blastomatic3000 heater, when really, all they need to do is pay attention to their surroundings, don’t do dumb things with dumb people and carry their gun in a safe, secure holster on a good gun belt?
It’s not your gear that’s the limitation, it’s what you do with it and what you see that is holding you back.