The Tool Should Never Get In The Way Of The Art

The Tool Should Never Get In The Way Of The Art

During a recent conversation I ranted a bit about how many of us believe that with a better tool we can create better art.

Yes, sometimes you need a more powerful camera to create the photograph in your mind. You might think that a new Freewrite is what you need to write the next great novel.

I love gear. I love gadgets. I always have and I always will.

But, I never want the technology or the tool to get in the way of me creating.

Take for instance the new DJI Osmo Pocket that was announced yesterday.

I already have plenty of devices that can shoot video when I am out and about, but this little device takes all the features I've been looking for and jams them into a single device. Right now if I wanted to shoot the poetry video I've wanted to do for a couple of years I'd need to grab several different pieces of gear, multiple wires and the set up would take more than I want to commit at the moment.

This device isn't going to improve my art, but it is going to make it easier for me to focus on the creating and less on the how to make it happen. Do you realize there is a difference?

It is the same reason that I made the switch recently from the bulky and stagnant technology of Canon DSLRs to the lighter, smaller and always moving forward Fujifilm mirrorless cameras.

This means less gear in my bag when I am on the go, and I can reliably connect to my iPad and phone to edit and share photos wherever I am in the world.

While I will always be an alpha adopter of technology who loves experimenting with the bleeding edge of gadgets, when it comes to what I buy and use on a daily basis I go with what makes it easiest for me to create.

What are you creating today?