Originally Posted by sub50hz
Why do you wish you had a D4 or better glass? Art (any art) is 90% vision and 10% technique. Photographic technique, digital or analog, is 49% lighting and 49% composition. The remaining 2% is technical. That's why noobs talk about equipment, pros talk about money, and masters talk about light. This is, unfortunately, a conceptlost on this thread, and every once in a while I come in here looking for something inspiring but almost always come up empty handed. A few of you guys are clearly working towards bettering your vision and individual style, but this incessant need for more gear is stupid. No amount of gear will let you ride a wave of success or turn you into something you hope to be without practice.
I know what you mean man. I do have to add to what you are saying though, you do need a certain amount of gear before you can get those awesome shots. Like you really do need a decent camera, and you need a tripod for particular shots. but beyond a few basics, you are right, it is all about how you put the shot together.
I personally am just starting out, and I am still trying to learn how to use lighting to my advantage, and how to run the camera properly. Right now my current want is a decent flash so I can get some fill light on some of my indoor shots. I want a flash with one of those pieces you put on top to make it spread around the room, but that is my only current want. Well besides a camera bag, but that is totally different.
For the most part, most of my shots have improved greatly just by me learning how to better compose them, and how to better run my camera.
right now I have a Nikon D70 I got from a fellow OCN member, with a 20 - 80mm lens, and a 70 - 300mm lens. My only other piece of equiptment I have is a 40 dollar rocketfish tripod from bestbuy for my long exposure shots.