I typically try and pack as light as possible whenever I’m traveling. For the most part, I limit myself to 2 bags; a single duffle bag of clothes and a backpack for my camera. In fact, if it wasn’t for my camera, I could probably fit enough clothes to last me a week in the backpack alone. It’s a small sacrifice I make for being able to carry the tools of my trade. During this road trip however I’ve noticed that I’ve been reaching for my camera less and less, and more often than not, I’ve found myself shooting with my phone out of convenience instead.
Personally, I think the camera technology in cell phones has gotten to a point where I can rely on my phone as an appropriate back up in certain circumstances. My cell phone will probably never replace my DSLR, but depending on the intended usage of a photo, I think a DSLR is sometimes unnecessary, especially when it’s not being utilized to its full potential. I often hear from people who are interested in pursuing photography but are turned off by the cost of entry, and in many cases, I find that some photographers have turned the scene into a consumerist competition for equipment.
I’ve touched on the issue of gear and picture quality before in my post on camera shopping and tried to promote the thought that the more expensive camera is not always the better camera for you. So for anyone with even the slightest interest in the medium, take a moment to work with what you have and learn the fundamentals of composition and lighting.