• Tyson Hunsaker

Do Your Tools Matter?

“You should not have any special fondness for a particular weapon, or anything else, for that matter. Too much is the same as not enough. Without imitating anyone else, you should have as much weaponry as suits you.”

― Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

What you choose as your tools for work make an incredible impact on not just how you work, but the quality of your work. Professional tools allow flexibility, features, and stability in performance and finding the right tools make a massive difference.

Recently, I consolidated gear, transitioned out of a current mirrorless system, and upgraded a camera with a larger sensor to get more out of image quality. This move was down primarily to consolidate gear, simplify my work approach, and make a small profit in the process but quality in my work (photography especially) has already improved significantly.

Any filmmaker/photographer will tell you that no matter what gear you have, "gear acquisition syndrome" is real and it's fatal to the growth of any creative. I'm extremely guilty of this. The constant need to have the best and most modern equipment comes from toxic insecurities that we wont compare or measure up to competition or produce quality work. The direct realities however give a lot more comfort.

1) Who can tell the difference? If I was to show you 2 images right next to each other with the same camera settings but on slightly difference camera sensors, most people couldn't tell the difference. If we were to zoom in 300% and analyze every minute pixel, we could probably see negligible difference in detail. Who's zooming in to 300%? Well, other creatives. Which leads me to the next point.

2) Who is the work for? Do you work for other creatives? Maybe not. Your clients' opinions of the piece you create is what truly matters since they're the ones paying the bills. An honest question would be, "Would it be worth it to buy that new camera, or invest money into a more useful area of your business/endeavors?

The reality is, upgrading equipment can be important but it doesn't conclusively say anything about your work or your standing professionally. It's of course how you use your tools and make the most out of what you have. Having exactly what you need, no more and no less. And if you have some extra time, try to resist the urge to window shop for tools you don't need. Instead, improve your technique.

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