The first law of photography is that photographers love talking about gear. And while it's fun to geek out and talk shop, that can become a toxic thing when it becomes a replacement for image-making. This great video reminds us that we're already very lucky when it comes to gear.
Coming to you from Ted Forbes of The Art of Photography, this awesome video essay seeks to contextualize where the modern photographer sits in terms of the quality of camera gear, reminding us that in many ways, even the most entry level DSLR far exceeds the capabilities of any camera of yesteryear. And that's not to say gear doesn't matter: there are many scenarios in which you simply won't get the shot without the proper specialized equipment, but it's important to distinguish those situations from simply using gear as an excuse for not developing our technique and creativity. At least for me, being reminded that history's most famous photographers created their work with cameras mostly well below today's standards of capabilities helps me to refocus on what matters at the end of the day. The gear is just the means to the end.
Lead image of Ansel Adams used under public domain.