the most important tool

This months American Photo magazine has an article on the 12 hottest and most innovative items of the year

I wanted to add what I think is the most important tool that a photographer should be using right now:

The most important tool that you have at your disposal is whats sitting inside your head.  New gadgets are cool, and some will help you with your workflow, but what you have upstairs will trump any piece of electronics or metal.

Creatives have been creating for hundred and thousands of years.  They didn't have the newest megapixel camera or photoshop program - they did it by using their brain and refining their craft.

In my workshop I have students that have never put their camera in Manual Mode.  Watching their brains fire up after putting that dial to "M" and thinking things through is more of an accomplishment than any technological device can ever be.

Don't succumb to thinking the latest gadget will make you better.  You already have what you need in your head.  Use that, make it sharper, make it stronger, and you'll create work more magnificent than any gadget can replace.

Cheers, Sid