Tog-Talk with Kevin Ahronson
February 04, 2022
Photography, It's not all about the gear... is it?

You may have heard that some photographers suffer from GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). I've been there myself... constantly needing to buy the latest cameras and lenses. It really doesn't make us better photographers.

9. Photography, it’s not all about the gear… is it?

I confess, I am a bit of a gear-head. 

Over the years I have collected lots of cameras, lenses, filters, accessories and loads and loads of lighting gear.  Prior to the COVID pandemic I would upgrade my camera every time a new model come out, convinced I needed the latest technology to take the best photos.

If one good thing came out of lockdown for me, it was the forced restraint on my spending.  Like most people running their own business, we were closed (or at least working under reduced numbers) for nearly two years.  My own situation was made worse as I went through cancer treatment during the summer of 2021, extending my period of isolation.

Here we are in February 2022 and things are showing signs of returning to normal (mindful that should another COVID variant be discovered, this could all change in a heartbeat).

Remaining optimistic, I am relaunching the Tog-Talk podcast exactly two years after the last one was first broadcast.  Tog-Talk (photographers in conversation) will engage photographers of all types and all levels of experience (not just the experts, but ordinary amateurs too… who also have valuable experiences to share). 



Joining me in the studio today are Tracey Clarkson and Forbes Johnston.  Tracey is still a student in my Inner Circle, she's also doing some of the teaching on our one-day beginner's workshop.  Forbes has been on a number of workshops, including the one-year Masterclass.  These days he takes responsibility for the day-to-day running of the students' online Academy.

Tog-Talk guests Tracey Clarkson & Forbes Johnston

Hampshire School of Photography (HSP)

Hampshire School of Photography is based in Fleet, Hampshire, on the border with Berkshire and Surrey.

Its wide ranging curriculum teaches photography to enthusiasts at all levels - from complete beginners and advanced amateurs, through to those who want to go professional.

It does this through workshops and year-long courses that provide solid foundations in (amongst other things): photography theory, composition, portrait & landscape photography, working with flash, macro photography and editing in Lightroom and Photoshop.  Some of our courses go even deeper… to stretch students with challenging assignments, forcing them out of their comfort zones.

Founder of HSP, Kevin Ahronson, also offers private mentoring to a small number of people each year, as his busy schedule allows

Check out our website for more information about courses, all of which are run at our training centre.


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Tracey Clarkson

Mixed Media Artist

Tracey is the first student from HSP to progress to the role of teaching, she assists Kevin In the beginners' one-day workshop, Introduction To Photography.

Tracey Joined the first one-year Masterclass in 2019 and went on to complete a number of other workshops before eventually joining Kevin's Inner Circle in September 2021.

She joined the original HSP Support Team in 2019, assisting Kevin on larger workshops, being there for the students.

Tracey often combines her photography with painting, describing herself as a mixed-media artist, producing original artwork that is quite stunning. She has a great eye for the visually interesting.

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Forbes Johnston

Forbes has been using a camera for many years and taking it with him around the world as he travelled for his work.

His style is abstract, preferring to let the image speak for itself, utilising the subject's colour, texture and form do the talking.

Forbes attended a free workshop run by the Hampshire School of Photography May 2019 and from there went on to book onto our One Year Masterclass course. Having completed that, Forbes will be joining Kevin's Inner Circle from April this year.

From the beginning of 2022, Forbes took over the role of managing the student online Community called the HSP Academy and more recently he joined the team responsible for running the newly-form students' Photography Club..