A Renewed Passion, Part 1 (Changing up the gear)

After being consumed with photography for the better part of 4 years, my passion had waned. There are a lot of factors to that, and maybe I'll dig into those a little deeper sometime, but for now I'll just share about a few things that jump-started my sputtering love of the art.

It's Not About The Gear. How many of you have heard or read that? (Hands raised all around - I see you!) I don't disagree; however, sometimes it's really awesome for your creativity to try something new. And sometimes it's good for your body and mind too! I've been shooting with Nikon DSLR's (first a D7000 and then a D600) and good glass (favorite go to lens is the Tamron 24-70mm 2.8). The combined weight of the DSLR and fast zoom lens is xxxx. If I'm shooting for a short time, no problem. If I'm shooting for an hour or two? My hand and wrist are feeling it! 

I decided to research some smaller form cameras. My considerations were: size, weight, as mentioned above, and image quality. I wanted to be able to just grab my camera and put it in my purse for everyday shooting with higher quality than my iPhone (although that works pretty well too!) rather than taking a big camera bag along. I wanted an in-between. A lot of research ensued and I ended up with a Sony a6000 and two lenses, a 50mm 1.8 and a 55-210mm 4.5. I also snagged a lens adapter so that I could use my Nikon lenses with the Sony body (minus the autofocus). 

There was a pretty good learning curve at first but with daily practice and a training video done by Gary Fong, I adjusted to the cameras' features, functions, and menus. The technology in the Sony cameras is really amazing. Remember how I said that I don't get to use auto focus with my Nikon lenses? I found that pretty intimidating at first, until I discovered the awesomeness that is focus peaking. This means that the camera will show you, via highlighting, what is in focus. And it shows you this information whether you are looking through the viewfinder or the LCD screen on the back of the camera. (A quick Google image search for "Sony focus peaking" will bring up some visual examples if you're interested.)

So yeah, it's not always about the gear. But sometimes it is! This turned out to be an awesome move for me. It gave me something new to learn and had me practicing daily. And the most important part is that I was excited about photography again! Catch up with me in a few days...I'll be back with Part 2 of this series, A Renewed Passion, Part 2 (Exploring a New Technique).


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