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Far too many photographers like to spend their time mastering Photoshop or, in the case of analog photographers, darkroom techniques. No question that these are useful skills to acquire. After all anything that allows one to achieve the vision he has is a good thing. However, far too often there really isn’t any vision at all. As a result, the focus of his/her craft becomes a never-ending quest. In many ways, the novelty of the method becomes a proxy for artistic expression. Just to name a few examples: wet plate barbie, tintype everything, see-who-can-build-it-bigger photography, and so much more. Even film photography can become worshipped for its own sake. In fact, gear acquisition syndrome (GAS) can perhaps be seen as a symptom of this condition – the newest camera, the one that no one else has, becomes your “edge”, and your way to differentiate from the masses. Far better to just buy some books, shoot some pictures, and hone one’s art.

P.S. Lest the reader thinks I am pontificating, this is also self-admonition.

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