The world of photography is a space heavily populated by gearheads. Next to the world of audio and video, the relationship between our industry and the technology that supports it is a symbiotic one; we use equipment to make stuff for ourselves and others and are required to keep that equipment reasonably current. But this often draws people in to fetishising the gear itself.
Photography blogs are full of grandiose statements praising the latest thing and justifying why you need one in your kit. The very nature of our industry means we often get caught up in wanting “just one more thing” that is inevitably “essential” for our latest project in our own minds – how on earth could we achieve our goals with merely the 3 cameras and 5 lenses we already have?! Breaking the cycle can be hard when one is starting out, as often the learning process in photography dictates a particular equipment purchase to explore a style or technique, such as macro or wildlife photography, and this is fair enough. But it often doesn’t end there - I’ve been victim to this so-called “Gear Acquisition Syndrome” (GAS) myself, in fact I’m in a phase of it right now, naturally in the quiet season whilst we’re also moving house and we can least afford it. The insatiable collector in me rarely sleeps.