Strategic Frugality

What’s the greatest tool of creativity for an artist?

Hint: It’s not from Adobe. In fact, it’s the opposite of paying the monthly Adobe tax. Second hint: You can’t buy it online.

The answer is financial security.

It may seem old-fashioned or the refuge of a scold, but not having to worry about staying solvent gives every artist the breathing room necessary to create.

Of course, the pursuit of art as a career is its own version of involuntary frugality.

For photographers, the math is a little different because of the need for equipment. That’s less of an issue in the digital age when mobile phones are actually insanely capable cameras.

I’ve seen too many of my peers get stuck behind the eight ball of debt to pay for some piece of equipment that won’t make a dime’s worth of difference in the end.

I’m not advocating foregoing all purchases. Instead, just be smart about it.

In the end, it’s what’s in front of the camera that counts.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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