Equipment alone will not make you a better photographer + what you need to do instead

Equipment alone will not make you a better photographer
Photo By Christina Greve

I still laugh at myself, when I think back to when I got my first camera. I had this idea that it was the camera, that would do all the work, I just had to press the button! Boy, did I have it all wrong!!

I also thought that the more and better equipment I had, the better a photographer I would be!?!? Even more wrong!

The most important lesson I have ever learned in my photography journey is this:

To grow as an artist and photographer, practice your photography skills on a regularly basis. Set time aside in your schedule to practice specific things like; editing, retouching, controlling the light, posing, and shooting in manual – it´s very important! Equipment alone will not make you a better photographer!

In many ways photography is such a technical art-form, there´s so much to learn and understand. For beginners it can be very frustrating at times!

Even the advanced photographer struggle, because with photography you NEVER stop learning and there´s always something you can improve.

I get many emails and questions from photographers asking which lens, camera or photoshop-action will improve their photography, and my answer is always the same;

Don´t go out and buy new expensive photography gear, to try to make up for a skill you don´t master yet. Use what you have and push yourself to practice. Instead of spending money – you need to spend time!

If you put in the hours, I promise you´ll see big results, but don´t fall into the trap of thinking, that you can buy your way to better photography.

After buying, trying and testing almost ALL photography equipment out there, I learned my lesson; Equipment alone will not make you a better photographer! Today (80% of the time) I only use one camera, one lens, natural light and photoshop adjustment layers, to do my photography.

I set days aside every month to practice new skills, and to improve my most used technics. Because I´m still learning and that´s what I really love about photography – it´s a never ending journey…a never ending love story!

Of course new and better equipment can help you in some ways. It can help you fine-tune your skills or style, which is nice  – but it will not make you a super brilliant photographer, for that you need to practice.

So I guess my message today is this: Save your money and put in the time – you´ll thank yourself for it in the end 🙂 Remember you don´t need to be perfect to get success.

Blessings,

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About Christina Greve

Christina Greve is a professional photographer, creativity coach and life design mentor helping heart-centered women, passion-driven makers and creative souls optimize life + make a living doing what they LOVE. She is known for her elegant lifestyle photography and draw much of her inspiration from the Nordic countryside, travels, food and still life. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines, blogs and books worldwide. After a decade of working with psychology and coaching, Christina´s passion for photography evolved into a full-time photography and coaching business. Today she runs a thriving + fast growing business specializing in professional online training, motivating and engaging female photographers, designers, bloggers, makers + creative souls. She has coached thousands of fabulous women from more than 40+ countries.

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