Shoot First, Buy Stuff Later

Hey shutterbugs! 🙂

How’s it going? I hope everyone is having a great day and taking some killer pictures. I just wanted to talk about a subject that’s been on my mind a lot lately: gear acquisition syndrome (GAS).

Understanding Gear Acquisition Syndrome

You know what I’m talking about, right? It’s when we photographers get so caught up in buying the latest and greatest camera bodies and lenses that we forget about actually taking pictures. I’m guilty of it too. I love my Sony A7 III and my Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 lens, but I’ve definitely fallen victim to GAS before.

It’s not about the gear

But here is the thing: it’s not about the gear. Sure, having the right equipment can definitely help you get the shot, but it’s not the be-all and end-all. Some of my favorite shots were taken with my iPhone SE (the best phone ever) or my old Canon 1300d. What matters is your skill and vision as a photographer.

Shoot first, buy later

So my advice to all my fellow shutterbugs out there is to shoot first! And buy gear later. Focus on developing your skills and vision, and the gear will come naturally. And if you ever feel overwhelmed by all the options out there, just remember: at the end of the day, your camera is just a tool to help you capture your art.

Wrap Up

Oh, and before I sign off, if you have any suggestions for my next post, hit me up on Twitter at @JernejLetica. I’d love to hear from you.

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