GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) is bad for your health!

In today's world, it is easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest gear. With new cameras and lenses coming out all the time, it can be tempting to believe that you need the most expensive equipment to be a great photographer. However, this couldn't be further from the truth!

There are many professional photographers who use older equipment, and still produce amazing photos. What matters most is not the equipment you have, but how you use it. I am always amazed when I go on collective shoots with other photographers and see them using the most high-end gear. I find myself having to avoid drooling over the latest lenses and camera bodies. But, when it comes time to see everyone's photos, I am quickly reminded that gear only gets you so far. It is your knowledge and experience that truly set you apart!

Here are a few tips for taking great photos with whatever equipment you have:

  • Learn the basics of photography. Before you start shooting, it is important to learn the basics of photography. This includes understanding things like composition, lighting, ISO, and exposure. There are many resources available online and in libraries that can teach you the basics of photography. YouTube is the greatest teacher available! My personal favorite channel is Tony & Chelsea Northrup. They are constantly putting out great materials for all levels of photographers.
  • Practice regularly. The more you practice, the better you will become at taking photos. Try to take photos every day, even if it is just of something simple like a flower or a sunset. Also, practice editing those photos in Lightroom or whatever editing platform you use. After fixing the same mistake many times in post, you'll remember to avoid then when you're shooting next time!
  • Experiment. Don't be afraid to experiment with different techniques and styles. Try different angles, different lighting conditions, and different editing techniques. The more you experiment, the more you will learn and the better your photos will become. So much failing happens before great photography begins. I have tried so many different things, and continue to experiment on every single shoot. Maybe 10% of the time does the idea result in something cool, but when it does, it is amazing!
  • Be patient. It takes time to become a great photographer. Don't expect to take amazing photos overnight. Just keep practicing and learning, and eventually you will see your skills improve. If you read my last post, you might notice a theme here. Patience is so critical as a photographer. It will not come over night. So, enjoy the ride and capture everything along the way!

If you follow these tips, you can take great photos with whatever equipment you have. Remember, the most important thing is not the equipment, but how you use it.