Once in a while, a video comes out that reminds me why I fell in love with photography. Life With Leica is mini-documentary by Northpass Media that follows Thorsten von Overgaard, a Denmark based photographer, for a seven-day journey though the streets of Rome. In it, Overgaard share his philosophy of what it means to be a photographer.
In his philosophy, Overgaard explains that it isn’t about the technical aspect, but the inspiration that drives you. Keeping it simple makes it easier to find inspiration around you. How can you observe and experience life when you are buried in menus and settings? For Overgaard, his Leica brings that simplicity; for others, it might be Fuji’s X-Series or Olympus OM-D line that take the controls out of the software and puts them at your finger tips.
The video is perfect example of how inspiration and photography correlate. Of course, it probably has something to do with the production value behind the scenes. Northpass Media’s team showed up in Italy with a RED Scarlet and RED Epic cameras along with a set of daylight balanced ARRIs to capture the footage.
It seems new cameras are being announced every week and they all have the latest bells and whistles. We as a community get rushed up in the excitement and feel like we need the latest gear, but do we really need it? A camera is a tool that helps us show our vision; the newest gear will not help you to be a better photographer. Whatever your choice in camera, remember it’s not the camera that takes the picture, it is you.
For a behind the scenes look at the making of Life With Leica, check out Thorsten von Overgaard’s blog post.
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