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The straight and narrow

Stopped by to shoot the breeze with Don last week, and we got to talking about the current state of photography and photography tools. We are both in love with our iPhones: Don likes Hipstamatic, I like Tilt/Shift Generator. Both of us agree that forcing ourselves to constrain our vision to work within iPhone does wonders for our shooting, because it makes us think about how we're going to get a shot out of what we have on hand.

One of the biggest mistakes a lot of beginning photogs make is equating more equipment with better photos. While there is definitely a place in photography for packing a location truck full of lights and cameras, the fact is, that process is identical to shooting with an cameraphone: You see the shot you want, and you take it with the camera you have.

When I was a full-time photog, my favourite camera wasn't my Nikons or the Hassies or the Sinar, it was my Olympus XA, a bare-bones (but well-built) compact 35mm camera. It had a great 35mm f2.8 Zuiko Lens, rangefinder focusing and aperture-priority exposure, and it was so small I could carry all the time.

I agree 100% with Chase Jarvis: The best camera is the one you have with you.

“The straight and narrow”