A Lesser Photographer – A Manifesto | A Lesser Photographer

Photographers are being bombarded by content that has only further removed them from their creativity (and money). They’re aching for something to cut through the nonsense and remind them of why they fell in love with photography in the first place.

This is my manifesto; universal truths I’ve learned since selling off my fancy cameras and challenging myself to maximize my creativity by minimizing everything else.

If you find yourself nodding in agreement with these principles, I’m relying on you to pass the manifesto along to everyone you know who loves photography!

I heard about A Lesser Photographer by CJ Chilvers, while listening to Chris Marquardt’s Tips From The Top Floor podcast. I was struck by the concept—make yourself a better photographer by forgetting about the gear. Get back to basics and discover your creativity again.

I am not about to sell my gear. I like my gear, but restricting myself in some way, shape or form really helps with my vision (for want of a better word). I have stuck to a single prime lens for a few days. I have shot in black and white for a period. I have limited myself to using my mobile phone camera for a day. All helps to train my vision, so I begin to see photographs where previously I may not have done.

Download the free ebook and read it. See what you think of CJ’s manifesto. Please tell me what you think.

2 thoughts on “A Lesser Photographer – A Manifesto | A Lesser Photographer

  1. I still look back at images I took with my first serious digital camera. I haven’t managed to improve on them all that much, if I am honest. There are also one or two superb images I took using an old point-and-shoot 35mm, as well as my Olympus SLR.I think the important thing CJ is trying to remind us is it’s very easy to forget that you’re using the gear to capture a moment, or a story, and to end up only being concerned only about the equipment you use to the detriment of everything else. In some ways, completely understanding what all the knobs and buttons on a camera do means it should become transparent in use, but going back to a simpler camera altogether means it becomes even more transparent. You have to work harder to achieve the desired result.

  2. Downloading the book. Sounds interesting.I think there is a lot in the idea that using less will give you more. I’ve taken shots with various amounts of kit this year, but the one image which I’d regard as a triumph is one that was selected by Seven by Five. The photo was taken on black and white film on an Olympus Trip.http://www.flickr.com/photos/hairydalek/5803419163/The Trip is about the most basic camera I have, and instead of fiddling with apertures, shutter speeds, etc., you point and shoot. Even the lens is offset from the viewfinder, so what you see may not necessarily be what you get.It really is worth getting yourself a camera like that.

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