|On A Brighter Day - Tehachapi, California|
In my post Limitations Improve Art I quoted Pablo Picasso, who said, "If you have five elements available use only four. If you have four elements use three." This principal can be applied to several aspects of photography.
If you own five lenses only ever use four of them. If you own four cameras only ever use three of them. Actually, I'd make those numbers smaller. If you own three lenses only use two of them. If you own two cameras only use one.
|Mystery Drive - Stallion Springs, California|
Less is more in photography. Don't include too much in your images or in your camera bag. This goes against what society says, but you'll never be satisfied with "more." You will never have enough "more." All "more" does is make you lazy.
|Cathedral Spires From Cook's Meadow - Yosemite National Park, California|
The concepts of limitations and less may not sound appealing. Society says that we should have more, not less. Society says that we should free ourselves of limitations. "Embracing the limitation can actually drive creativity," artist Phil Hansen said. "We need to first be limited in order to become limitless."
Photography should be uncomfortable. If it isn't, you have too much in your camera bag. If it isn't, you're not limiting yourself enough. If it isn't, you are not pushing yourself enough--taking roads less travelled and going opposite the flow. Your photography can be even better--my photography can be even better--simply by being uncomfortable.