Utilize What You Got

In the photo below I shot my camera through some tulle. You know the fancy translucent fabric stuff at weddings that shimmers? I liked the effect, and it gave it a dreamy feeling. This effect is not added in photoshop.Moore Sometimes I think photographers (like myself) need to be grounded in simplicity. I don't show up to a wedding with a million of the latest gadgets for taking photos. I tend to stick to my intuition when taking photos and have faith in my technique. It has worked thus far. When you travel light with minimal gear you are more inconspicuous. You get more "candid" natural photos because people don't know you are taking the photo. That's what I live for, when a client gets a photo that they didn't even know exists and it's one of their faves.

When you work with less stuff, if forces you to work with what you got. You find new things, techniques with available light to make your photographs interesting. If I had a million gadgets, I'm more opt to be distracted from my own stuff. In other words my concentration on my stuff would cause a decrease in my observation of what's going on around me. That's what I'm hired to do; to capture what's going on around me at a wedding. It's two philosophies: I need lots of stuff to create images vs. using what's available to tell the story of the wedding. I prefer to focus on what's happening at the wedding.

Of course it is important to have some of the gadgets to make images possible that wouldn't be otherwise. You can use your technology to improve the current situation or to further emphasize points of interest. For example, you might need flash to blast out a part of an image to embrace the less is more philosophy.

The phrase "less is more" has become somewhat cliche, but I tend to think of it as utilize what you got. And if what you got isn't working, use your tools to better your situation. But don't go using tools with no goal or purpose..

This isn't a superior method for a basis of photographic style, it's just what works for me. Some photographers are amazing with all the gadgets they have, producing unbelievable work. I've let go of that philosophy and figured out what works for me.

What do you think about this? I'd love to hear some people's thoughts...