A Reminder: Utilize What You Have

Guest writer, Kayla Trulsen, is a summer intern for KP Creates. In May of 2015, she will be graduating from North Central University with a BA in Communication Arts.

Greetings. I want to share with you all a thought I had that I should have had a long time ago. And, maybe some of you have already figured this out, but I'm hoping that there are others out there like me who need to hear this. I just want all of you creative types to be reminded and encouraged.

A while back, I was working on a few projects for KP. For one project, I was researching photography blogs and other related articles. For the other, I was writing up some artist statements. For the artist statements, I e-mailed KP with some questions about her photography background. While I was working on these, this thought came about:

Established photographers don't have to have the latest and greatest fancy equipment. They just have to know how to effectively use what they do have and doing this helps them create the images they intend to create.

I was reading through KP's answers to my questions, and she directed me to two blog posts that she wrote a while ago to answer one of my questions. I read the posts, and you can read them here and here.

At the end of the second post, there is a picture of KP with her Flexaret camera hanging around her neck. This is a small, film camera. That's when I realized that established and experienced photographers really know how to effectively use the equipment they already have. KP is an example of this. She rarely works in digital. She is more focused on film photography because that's how she learned the medium. Film is important to her because she gets to physically create an image, and she has to be smart and decisive about what images she captures on film.

I think that both emerging and established photographers and artists should remember something like this. Don't be discouraged because you don't have your own business or aren't rich and famous. What we (myself included) need to do is keep practicing and learning about the equipment, tools or medium that we're using. Just be reminded that your skills are not connected to the newest and best equipment you can have. Instead, they're related to your ability to utilize your equipment.

Keep Creating,