Keeping Your Photography Gear Simple

Guest Post by Mark Toal, photographs by Joe Farace

KISS is an acronym for “Keep it simple, stupid” that was originally credited to aircraft engineer Kelly Johnson. His KISS principle stated that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than  complicated; therefore simplicity should be a key goal in design and unnecessary complexity should be avoided. Nowhere is that more true than in photography and it’s one of biggest reasons why Joe & I love mirrorless cameras.

Do you ever get “gear overload” where you’ve been buying too many photo gizmos and reading too many equipment reviews or visiting photo forums only to discover that the perfect piece of gear to help you capture the illusive ultimate image doesn’t exist?


This got me thinking about how my personal photography changed when I started using mirrorless cameras. In the past, I shot and loved Nikon film and digital SLR’s but they became so big and heavy that I never took them with me. I always needed to have a reason to want to take this big, expensive camera with me when I walked out the door. I started carrying a point and shoot with me all the time but it’s small sensor and low light limitations left me wanting a better image.hidden

When Panasonic sent me a Lumix G1 I found that I had no hesitation having it in the car all the time or carrying it as I walked around town. It truly changed the way I shoot and in some ways the manner in which I see things. I started to notice a lot of things that I would normally pass by because I stopped to photograph them. This is the same way that I shot when I first got interested in photography as a teenager. I could only afford one body and one lens and it went everywhere with me.

Please visit Mark at Mirrorless Photo Tips, where several times a week he shares his insights on mirrorless photography.

Author: Joe Farace

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