hunter or are you a sculptor?
here is some good advice. i have received at one pointThe Evolution of an Artist:
The sketches and photographs are examples of how the evolution from crude imagery to fine art evolves in several stages of competency in handling the technical difficulties before creativity has a chance to emerge. This does not allow us to clearly conclude which came first, creativity or craft. Was it the hidden artist, unable to communicate the vision due to the lack of technical competency? Or, was there first a competent craftsman, who was no longer satisfied with technical perfection alone, and finally realized that creativity was the next necessary step? The sequence is irrelevant; only the final level of pictorial maturity is of importance. Ultimately, creative vision and exalted craftsmanship are both characteristics of the person we call Ďartistí.
Many people are first attracted to photography by the exciting technology, the lure of sophisticated equipment and the pride of its ownership. They are also intrigued by the challenge of control and enjoy mastering the equipment and materials to achieve technical excellence. Thanks for all that ingenious modern technology, designed to fit hand and eye. There is a great appeal in pressing buttons, clicking precision components into place and testing the latest materials. The results can be judged or enjoyed for their own intrinsic photographic qualities, such as superb detail and rich tones, but we need to avoid falling into the technology trap.
The hesitance to blame initial failures on oneís own way of doing things is a common pitfall. The common resistance to making test strips is an excellent example of this aversion. Rather than solving the real issues, there is a tendency to hunt after the latest and greatest inventions. Hoping that the next camera, lens, film, paper or miracle developer and another electronic gadget will fix the problem often only leads to more disappointment. It is far better to thoroughly understand already existing equipment and materials before spending significant amounts of money and endless hours to buy and test new products.
However, even photographers who have honed their skill and achieved the highest level of craftsmanship need to consider making the final step. Tools and materials are vital, of course, and detailed knowledge about using them is absorbing and important, but donít end up shooting photographs just to test out the machinery. Try not to become totally absorbed in the science and craft of photography, which is all too common, but put them into perspective as merely the necessary means to create your own images and eventually reach full pictorial do you feel about that?