“Gear Acquisition Syndrome”
This is a common “syndrome” among many photographers, musicians & artists. GAS is an impulsive urge to purchase more gear. Gear that fills (only in your head) a major hole in your setup. In photography, it can be a camera, lens, lighting, backdrops, cables, computer software, and MUCH MORE!
The Problem: There is always something more to buy. There is always someone telling you that there is an “easy” button. “This lens will make your portraits look great” – (For $2200)
Five Steps to Get Rid Of “GAS”
Step 1: Give your camera and lenses a good cleaning. Try to make them look as new as the day you bought them.
Step 2: Research online as if you are thinking about buying the camera or lens that you already own. You will learn something new. This will energize you.
Step 3: Keep in mind that the camera you want and the camera you have are extremely similar. There are far more similarities than differences. Practically speaking, they are the same!
Step 4: Remember that cameras do not take photographs. You do.
Step 5: Go out and shoot. Attend photo events. Spend more time discussing and shooting photos. Less time watching YouTube reviews.
Taking photos is by far the most important thing a photographer can do to re-energize, stay motivated and get rid of GAS. Instead of going to the camera shop, leaving your house for a simple photo walk could save you thousands of dollars in impulsive purchases.