What’s In Your Bag?
The one question that everyone longs to ask a professional photographer is now answered by eight of them. Ambarin Afsar takes a look at the camera bags of some of the finest names in photography in an attempt to decode the gear they carry.
Does equipment maketh a photographer? Very often, we are curious about the gear that our favourite photographer—a peer, a contemporary, or a legend—uses to make the kind of pictures that make us stop in our tracks.
This curiosity about equipment is only natural since of course, cameras and lenses are the tools of our trade. It is much like asking a baker which flour he uses to make that fragrant bread, or which oven does he use to make crunchy cookies. To give an example that is closer to photography, it is like asking a painter about the paints he uses or the paper he chooses as his canvas.
These things go a long way in the making of a perfect final product. But, what we often forget is that it is the manner in which these professionals apply the tools of their trade, which really makes all the difference. Their technique is what sets them apart, and not the technology they use.
So, the idea behind this story is to take you through various kinds of kits to help you understand how the right sort of equipment can simplify the process of imagemaking. This story is also an effort to create portraits of these eight photographers through the things they value the most.
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