Photography Conferences SUCK!!

Note – This was an email sent to our subscribers (buyers of our online courses) on Thursday, 21st December 2023.


I don’t often rant in my emails, but today it’s time to make an exception.

Yesterday, I was invited to a Photography conference. Now this has happened a couple of times in the past and I have always said “Yes”, but then ended up not going, simply because I’m not a big fan of huge gatherings.

But yesterday, I did go.


5 minutes into this “conference” and I felt so uneasy.

It was like meeting up with a bunch of over-grown kids, whose toys have changed from G.I Joes and Barbies to Photography gear.

It was like a scene from Indiana Jones – The Temple of Doom movie where Amrish Puri has cast a spell on everyone.

Their mouths were salivating about the prospect of some crazy new Sony mirrorless camera which I have no idea about. They were talking about how they plan to spend 4 to 5 lakhs on this new crazy camera.


I rather put that kind of money in a low cost index fund than spend it on some new fancy gadget.

This “gear porn” is something I could never associate with. In fact, this is one of the reasons why most professional photographers fail. Their costs and expenses are simply not justified.

I follow a simple rule – Unless absolutely required, don’t buy any gear.

This simple principle has helped me avoid so many pitfalls when it comes running a photography business.

Last year I even dropped my plans to buy a new mirrorless camera because I simply did not see the need for it.

Needless to say, I left the Temple of Doom within a couple of hours and was so glad to be back home.

I even hugged my Nikon D5300 (my first camera, which I purchased in 2013), and said – “I will never ever leave you!“.

Yes, I do talk to my cameras.

Rant over!

P.S – My new course on AI Portrait Retouching is almost done. Watch out for my next email for its release.


Kush Sharma

Creative Pad Media

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Hi there, I'm Kush Sharma, the founder of Creative Pad Media, an organization dedicated to simplifying photography and videography education.

We have over 40 online courses that cover various genres in photography & videography, catering to both beginners as well as professionals. These courses are available via Our courses have been downloaded in over 170 countries.

I hope to see you inside a course very soon!

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