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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tap and Dye Horween CXL Camera Strap product images (4 of 8)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 2.8

It’s very easy to think that a new camera or a new lens is the answer to a photographic impasse. I have, on many occasions, scrolled through seemingly endless eBay listings of cameras I can’t afford, but they hold an allure because they’re new to me and ostensibly better than what I have. Yet, a new camera won’t make me or anyone a better photographer. Will it up the image quality on a technical level? Most probably, but it won’t up the photograph’s emotional resonance. The camera is the first step towards making photographs, but once a creative block sets in, a new (or used) camera or lens won’t do anything but make a hole in your bank account. There are things besides gear that can rejuvenate you.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tokina 70-200mm f4 Pro first impressions samples (6 of 8)ISO 1001-1000 sec at f - 4.0

When any photographer starts out, they have a vast journey ahead of them. Photography has so many different paths and intertwining roads that it can be tough to navigate on the path to either becoming a professional, semi-professional, or hobbyist. It takes refinement and what you’ll find is that you’re going to shed skin in order to keep growing and changing like an animal sheds an exoskeleton.

Here’s some advice that we have for the folks who are on the journey to finding their own photographic style.

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Want to catch up on the best of our news for the entire week? Well here’s your weekly Phoblographer round up. This week, readers were all about inspiration, tutorials and apparently some of you don’t like the 50mm focal length.

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julius motal the phoblographer in my bag

Admittedly, when I look at great work, I’m curious not just about the circumstances that led to the images, but also about the technical choices the photographer made. This data isn’t always readily available, but the folks from In My Bag, a photography magazine, have been working to make that information available with a couple of button clicks.

Dubbed Kit Wars, possibly a nod to the time-killing Kitten War, the database prompts you to choose level (Amateur, Pro, Part-time pro, Guru/Educator), Style (too many to list) and Country. Should your combination yield results, you’ll see the photographer’s gear, a sample of their work and influences. Or, you can check off photographers from a master grid and Compare them to see what’s in their respective bags. It could prove useful to folks who are trying to figure out what gear to get or who are just curious.  You can also use Gear Head to search by brand and Talents to search for photographers by genre.

In My Bag is also asking photographers to submit their kits to the database in order to build out. All submissions also count towards a competition in which you can win equipment from Elinchrom. The whole operation is in beta, and doesn’t feel all that streamlined. Photographers can also submit images of the gear, but for whatever reason, the gear images look far too low res to be intelligible.

Despite the kinks, the site looks promising. Go ahead and give it a spin.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony a7 Mk II JPEG images (5 of 10)ISO 4001-320 sec at f - 5.6

Cityscapes in many ways are similar to landscapes, but instead can combine lots of geometrical shapes and can be a bigger problem when it comes to contrast–or at least that’s what a typical landscape photographer would say. In fact, the key to better cityscapes has to do with embracing the cities for what they are. Instead of worrying about the technical details, just go out there and shoot. Part of it comes from instinct, another part from just how captivating a scene can be, and the other part is knowing how to translate that captivation into images that make others feel the same way that you did.

In essence, it’s more than just capturing the moment. It’s about making someone feel like they’re in the moment.

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Editor’s Note: this is a syndicated blog post from Marius Vieth. It and the images in the post are being republished with permission.

GAS, also known as Gear Acquisition Syndrome, is very common among photographers. It simply means that you just can’t get enough new lenses, equipment and upgrade your cam as soon as possible in order to have more options and – according to the seemingly prevalent opinion – become better. But have you ever thought about the opposite side of this imaginary disease – the Gear Avoidance Syndrome? A syndrome that might even be good for you and your photography. And your wallet.

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