I sometimes wonder why someone would go through all the trouble they do with regards to photography. They will hoist around seemingly endless amounts of photography equipment in the simple hope that they may be able to capture some stellar moment or another. This is not just compact cameras or a few interchangeable lenses. We are talking about cases upon cases of specialized EF lenses and a wide variety of flashes and different stands to make the most out of their photos. When you dedicate yourself to photography you are dedicating yourself to an art form that more than most relies on a great set of tools to help you do what you do well. Getting the mechanics of photography to work correctly is a skill certainly but more than many other skills it requires top of the line equipment that you can bend to your will.
For shutterbugs their art and the tools they use to make their art are one in the same. If you ever speak to a photographer about lenses the conversation could take on a life of it’s own turning from a simple chat to a four hour crash course in the intricacies of photographic equipment. It is enough to make a novice person’s head spin but it is the realm of the photographic pro to know the details of each and every item on the market purporting to get them a better shot. These folks are not often surprised by the innovations of the market because they are constantly staying up on researching new and exciting photography equipment.
As digital photography has made the art of snapping pictures more widely available to everyone a realization for many is that practically anyone can pick up a camera and snap a nice picture. There are a lot of happy accidents in photography. That said, to be a true photographer you have to know how to exploit those happy accidents in just the right way that the vision is wholly your own. Knowing how to properly let light bounce off of a variety of surfaces and using the right EF lenses to manage the photograph spatially is a true skill that not everyone can do, no matter how much you may love your compact digital cameras.
If you are serious about photography that means you need to engage with a certain seriousness about photography equipment. These things are incredibly significant to consider when you are trying to pursue this field as a professional or as an artist. You owe yourself the ability to best serve your interests and when it comes to photography the best way to serve those interests is with an investment in quality gear.