Equipment envy - Inferiority Complex
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08-03-11, 09:17 PM
Join Date: Sep 2009
The issue seems to be that you were intimidated by the air of experience from those equipped with "advanced" technology compared to the equipment you hid in your bag, which you felt would belie your own inexperience.
I didn't interpret your original post in any way other than that of the original title you gave this thread. As you are a relatively new member of the DSLR owners club, I can understand your reticence to display any ineptitude in front of your "peers". It's unlikely, but not impossible, that you may have had more knowledge than one or two of those you thought were seasoned enthusiasts or semi pros; looks can sometimes be deceptive. I'm sure we've all met the odd few that have "all the gear and no idea", but have only been able to reach this understanding with the benefit of hindsight.
People are the same the world over and there will always be some that can "talk" a good shot better than they can consistently produce one.
But generally, the vast majority enjoy what they do and have built up a good skill set and fundamental knowledge of their craft, and get a kick out of sharing that with others. If they are packing high spec equipment it's to aid them in helping to create a technically "better" image than they could achieve with lesser equipment. But that can't replace a good eye and good basic understanding of the fundamentals of photography; high tech equipment alone can never do that. The vast majority would not have started with that type of equipment and most will remember what it was like before they had.
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