Photo Life Lab No. 1[divider height=”3″]
Spring/Summer 2019[divider height=”3″]
The Gear Issue
Welcome to the inaugural issue of Photo Life Lab! Wait…a new magazine in 2019? Yes, because we eat, drink and breathe photography.
We’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished with Photo Life, but its structure sometimes makes it difficult to follow other avenues without losing a certain level of coherence. Hence, the concept of a new platform—Photo Life Lab—which provides us the freedom to pursue side projects or long-term endeavours. Through it, we’ll be able to go deeper and create an entire issue around a single unifying theme. There’s no schedule set in stone, no restrictions… just an initial idea to spark our creative juices. If it ends up leading somewhere interesting, we publish the results. So here we are. And we’ve decided to begin with gear.
Yes, it’s obvious. And yes, at Photo Life, we do, in fact, strongly believe in the vision of a photographer above and beyond any equipment. That goes without saying. But still…we all suffer from gear lust. We all get that thrill in the pit of our stomachs when reading about something new and exciting, picturing ourselves heroically brandishing that one gadget to rule them all. So why not have a bit of fun, allow ourselves to salivate a little and release our inner geek? As much as we enjoy diving into the philosophical and inspirational aspects of the craft, the fact remains that it all begins with the right tool in our hands, however simple or advanced. And with changes coming at us fast and furious, it’s never a bad idea to pause and evaluate what’s out there.
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Roll It, Fold It, Carry It
For this gear issue, we chose a paper that makes it feel a bit like a notebook so you can put it in your bag, roll it, fold it, carry it, take notes on it, and come back to it as a resource. This issue is not about displaying “artsy” pictures for inspiration; it’s about down-to-earth advice on how to find the right gear for your needs and preferences.
Choosing a Camera
The choice of a camera really boils down to the way we intend to use it. Ergonomics, control, and, yes, even the look and feel of a camera should all be part of our decision process because tools must perform—of course—but they should also inspire us and perfectly fit our approach to shooting. Our advice and detailed camera reviews will help you make a great choice.
The truth is many of us tend to have a blind spot. In our quest for that perfect tool to help us make better images, we all too easily overlook the importance of lenses and their ultimate impact on our photography. But, in order to choose a new lens, we first need to understand what they bring to the table and what all those numbers and acronyms actually stand for.
Choosing Other Gear
There’s a big wide world of peripherals out there—but, ultimately, it all depends on the vision behind the work and whatever technical requirements this implies. Accessories tend to fall into one of two main categories: those that expand our options and those that enhance our experience. In both cases, it’s important to be aware of what we’re actually getting.