There Is Joy to Be Found in Slaying Complexity

But unfortunately, not everything is easily reducible

John P. Weiss
Personal Growth

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Photo of the author by Conner Weiss

When I first got into street photography, I bought myself a Sony camera.

The guy in the camera shop tried to upsell me a full-frame Sony camera, but it was too big and clunky. I asked if there was anything smaller, and he pulled out a Sony A6600. It was an APS-C camera and thus smaller.

I liked it because it was unobtrusive and portable.

Back then, I didn’t know much about cameras or photography. All I knew was that I wanted to shoot street photos with a “proper camera” instead of my iPhone. I was barely familiar with the exposure triangle, and I was equally in the dark about various focal lengths.

I bought a Sony 35mm F1.8 prime lens to go with the camera and wandered out of the camera shop to dive into my street photography journey.

The camera had amazing autofocus and took beautiful pictures, but the menu was something like trying to understand a schematic for the New York subway system. YouTube tutorials helped, but I still struggled to make sense of the endless menu options.

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John P. Weiss
Personal Growth

I write books, stories and essays about life, often illustrated with my photography and artwork. JohnPWeiss.com.