It’s often said that we learn more from our mistakes than we do from our successes. That’s certainly the case with photography, where I’ve made plenty of them. However, I’ve learned that there is always something to be learned from my past errors, which sometimes have the benefit of helping others. Here are 7 mistakes that I’ve made that you may or may not have made already, but which should be avoided whenever possible.
Buying Gear I Didn’t Need
Most photographers have suffered from GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) and I’m no exception. I was less driven by the desire to improve image quality, but by the thought that the purchase of the lens, camera or accessory would inspire my photography. More often than not, it might result in a short spurt of new imagery, but within a short time it was just another thing to carry in my camera bag.
I’ve learned that I don’t need the excuse of another purchase to inspire my photography. I can often achieve great results with the equipment, I already have. My money can be best spent on taking a day trip or a vacation where a new and fun experience provides the point of inspiration.