In more ways than one…
A few days ago, on a recent trip to New York totally unrelated to photography I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to grab a few pics of what is arguably one of the most photographed places on the planet and rightfully so. I was with a group of people on an in and out trip so I only had carry on baggage and we were all traveling, working and dining together so I couldn’t hold up the group with my photography nor could I afford to pack much gear at all.
Being a seasoned pro I decided to pack only two lenses and one small Fuji X-T1 body into my briefcase. I opted for a 8mm Samyang Lens, my new goto standard when I want to both push myself and capture familiar subjects from unique angles. It’s also one of the smallest lenses I own next to the 2.8mm fixed pancake lens that basically turns my X-T1 into a point and shoot.
I knew in advance that I wasn’t going to get more than a minute in any one place to grab shots and also knew we were staying right around the corner from Times Square. Bang! Wide glass, night time so I could push the iso way up and it would be difficult to notice so no tripod required which is difficult to do in the city anyway.
By planning in advance and only bringing the absolute bare minimum gear you can get great images when otherwise you wouldn’t shoot at all. Working around your gear is also a great way to expand your composition proficiency.
If you work your photography in and around your life and not the other way around you’ll be a better shooter, have lots more photo ops, and annoy fewer friends, family and co-workers.