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Episode #75 – Don’t Use An Elephant Gun To Shoot A Rabbit

[ 2 ] June 25, 2012 |

This week: I’m in conversation once again with photographer/writer Hugh Graham, who was one of my lecturers when I studied photography at University.

We see it time and time again – photographers going crazy about which camera/which lens/which lighting and which accessories they use. They’re always very quick to justify excessive spending or indulgence, citing why all this kit is necessary for the work they do.

But at the end of the day, in any given industry, you have to match your equipment to the job at hand…

Some quick links to things mentioned in this show:

Music featured in this episode is courtesy of Matt Stevens. You can check out more of his work here.

Category: Podcast episodes, Technique

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  1. Heather says:

    I only discovered the Active Photographer podcast a short while ago. I was getting tired of podcasts by Americans, full of Americans talking about stuff generally only useful to Americans, so finding a genuine British podcast is a breath of fresh air.

    I do suffer gear lust, but I have to temper it with lack of funds. I can say quite truthfully that everything in my camera bag is there based on extensive research before I decide to buy. There is not one item, I am pretty certain, I regret purchasing.

    Thanks for an interesting and fresh podcast. I look forward to each new episode.

    • Giles says:

      Hi Heather,

      Thanks for the kind words! It’s funny, I’ve found the same thing; there are plenty of US-based photography podcasts out there – some better than others, to be fair – but I found it very difficult to detect any coming out of the UK.

      As for kit… I think that to a certain extent, every photographer (if they’re honest), lusts after shiny new equipment. For example, I make no apologies for the fact that I would love a D4 – but it’s just not realistic (or necessary) for me to go ahead with a purchase at this moment.

      Some of my kit has been with me for years; it has stood the test of time and is as good today as when I purchased it – probably because I do my best to look after it!

      Thanks for listening – and I’m so glad you enjoy the show :)

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