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Three boys walking through a river with instruments

It is hard not to get into the whole gear upgrade merry-go-round, equating newer and better gear with better images. Ken Rockwell refers to the desire to constantly upgrade to the latest and greatest cameras and the subsequent depreciation of your old equipment as "Digital Rot." While it may be true that better gear sometimes helps ensure you have more successful captures compared to older and less sophisticated cameras. The reality is that, more often than not, the improved equipment does not have much to do with making great photos.

If you google the 100 most significant photos of all time, you will come across many that are not razor sharp, have bad lighting, are full of grain, and generally contain more flaws than a crooked politician. My point is that it is not the camera that creates memorable images but rather your vision, sometimes combined with the luck and quickness of the photographer.

Telling a photographer that he must have a nice camera because he is making great images is akin to telling a chef she must have a nice stove because she cooked you a great meal.

Gannet flying in front of Niagara Falls

The question is if the better gear does not significantly contribute to better photographs, what does? This is, of course, a rhetorical question, and judging from the title of this page, Reviews, it is not hard to guess that the reviews in question here will be about things that will improve your photography and help you become a better photographer.

Don't buy more gear - buy books instead.

It can be hard to know what books to read or YouTube videos to watch and which photographer to follow. And while I can't review everything, hopefully, I can make your life a little easier and save you some time by making it more straightforward for you to select, or eliminate, some of the clutter based on my reviews.

In my review posts, I will regularly review the various things I see, read, and engage in - to become a better photographer. I will discuss workshops, books, YouTube channels, photography websites, visual arts installations, other blogs, and generally anything I come across which I think will help you create better photos. I will not review technical books or YouTube videos about gear and technics as there are already too many out there, and I would not be able to add anything useful to that conversation.

So if you want to know what I think of Jay Maisel or Munch Workshops, the writings of Ken Rockwell, the books of images from Sebastio Selgado, or the books of Bruce Barnbaum or Ansel Adams, and many other things, this is what I will cover in my blog reviews. With at least one review a month, this should be interesting.

If there is something, in particular, you would like me to review, leave me a comment and explain why you think I should check it, and I will look into your suggestion.


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