How fancy your camera or how big your lens isn't really very important...it's really down to what does the final image look like? And if it takes a crew to produce it, who cares?
It's a different world.
This is the scenario.
When I come first to New York I work with many photographers. Some are very good and know photography and art.
Many I work with do not know. I see them work and they have the magazine photo they give to the technicians who make their picture look like the page in the magazine.
It makes me think I can be as a photographer. Customers like me and I know that many clients so I make some tests and photograph to show my clients.
I began to do great work. I do worry first that I do not know photography as technical art. I then understand that the customer does not care.
My clients loves that I have a good time with them.
They hire me many times already.
Most I shoot with film. Film is much more easy than digital. When I use digital I am with the Canon for the camera outside and Phase 1 of creative work in studio. I do not like the Hasselblad. That access is not comfortable in my hand.
The technical assistants and me have fun. Once I pushed my first polaroid and I do it myself. It is empty. The assistants laugh and tell me to do it again. They tell me wait a minute and push it apart. It seems very beautiful. I ask if I wait two minutes is it more beautiful. The assistants laugh more.
Some photographers do not like the way I work. I think they are too serious of the camera and light.
To get a device is easy. For small jobs and for my work the assistant will always give me to use their camera and lights. For great job, the customer pays for everything, so I do not need to possess.
I call the studio and they do all the camera light and food.
If the photo I make needs more the customer can set the retouching. For my personal projects assistants will set the retouching so I let it go. I would not spend time on learning photoshop as there are many to do it very well.
Maybe because I am from outside of America it is easier. To be a photographer in New York is much bigger than being a hairdresser or makeup perosn. I work not as hard and have more money.
When I work with a new customer I want them to believe I know the technical art. I always have the studio for 10 of these large fires lights. They make their way into the air and direct them to the model.
I do not know the names of these lights. I call them fires and the studio understands.
I say turn on all the fires and take a photograph. It does not seem good so I say turn off fire 2 and take another photo.
Finally, we all turn off and leave the technical assistants to do lighting.
The customer always says to me I am the master of fires lighting.
When the customer asks me for another job I do not do all the fires because it's too much. I let the technical assistants do the light.
My most cool camera is a I-phone. I use it to walk around and take creative pictures for a new book. It is very easy and I think it would be special if the professional camera worked this way.
I can tell many people care about the camera and light. I am sorry but I think they are maybe too serious.
They would have more fun and more customer-oriented if they hire people to do the work, then the customer likes and believes the photographer is creative.
People say to only know the talk is not enough. A photographer must learn to walk. I say talk is enough. If the picture is good at the final it does not matter who does the walk.
I do not want to do like the technical assistants and hard work for not a lot of money. I am very happy that they will do it for me and more happy to be the creative snapper.
Is this the way you want to work.