Here is an example. I saw an article on line about a macro photographer taking amazing pictures of snowflakes. I thought to myself, I have decent lenses and I have extension tubes. Inspired to follow his example, I grabbed a series of props and started snapping. However when I looked at them, I was less than impressed. The images were amazingly detailed, the technique was intricate, but my results were not inspirational. I was left with flat lighting, boring framing, and dull shots.
Gear is required, but so is the knowledge of using that gear and an artistic flair to achieve a great image. Going back to the drawing board, I did some more studying on line, went back to basics in terms of lighting and tried it again. This time I liked the results: brighter images, dramatic lighting, and better framing. I still have some work to do and will develop my techniques more, but at least I am on the right track.
Before searching for that next lens, better tripod or extra light, see what you are doing with your current equipment and what more you can do. Is there another technique you can try, another angle to the shot, or another way to use the lights that you have? Even if you do not achieve perfect results, you will be learning something new, and that is always stellar.
Thanks to photographer Stephen Rabjohn for this week's contribution. If you have any photography questions, he is the go-to guy here.