Photographer Shares 9 Pieces of Gear He Wished He’d Never Purchased

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Many people suffer from gear acquisition syndrome (GAS), regardless of occupation or hobbies.  It’s part of living in the materialistic Western World.  The problem with photographers is, however, that we often feel justified in our purchases because we’re “making money” with our new toys, rather than simply allowing them to collect dust in the garage.

But, how many of you GAS-sufferers actually put to good use every piece of gear you buy? Allen Murabayashi of PhotoShelter wrote a great piece where he fessed up to having made ridiculous purchases that were never put to proper use.

In his nine-item list, Allen included a variety of items, from lighting to lenses to card readers, that were purchased while he had GAS.  Some seem like no-brainers, while others surprised me a bit.

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19 Signs You Are Treating Your Photography as a Hobby and Not a Business

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Often, the most difficult thing I see for individuals in our industry is making that scary leap from being an amateur photographer to a legitimate professional. When you do make that leap it is quite visible as your actions become very different than those who treat their business more casually. Below is a list of behaviors I have noticed over the years from those who treat their business more like a hobby.

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You Don’t Need To Buy A New Camera To Be A Better Photographer

simon-cadeLet’s face it, with how rapidly camera manufacturers are improving digital technology and releasing new and improved cameras, it’s hard not to get caught up in gear acquisition syndrome. At some point, you may have even caught yourself saying, “If I just had (fill in any piece of equipment here), my photography would be so much better.” I’ll be the first to admit the thought has ran through my mind at least a couple times. That’s exactly why this poignant video from filmmaker, Simon Cade, hits home so much.

If you were to take a look inside Cade’s gear bag, you’d find the same CanonT3i and Canon Elph 300 that he’s been using since the beginning of 2013. Yet, despite shooting with older and (what could be considered) entry-level gear, upgrading to a new DSLR isn’t even on Cade’s radar. And, the logic he uses to battle the nagging desire to spend tons of money on new gear and gadgets seems to be pretty flawless.

“My theory is that the people who don’t prioritise equipment & technical things end up being successful enough that they shoot on high end gear just because they can. It’s definitely not the equipment itself that makes them great / successful.” [Read more…]

Clever Ad Nails Photography Gear Expectations vs Reality

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Be it Gear Acquisition Syndrome or simply the misbelief that excellent gear equals excellent photos; I bet that many photographers will relate to this video during some point of their hobby or career.

The ad, titled ‘Camera Accessories – Do something smart with stupid purchases’, will touch a nerve for those who have had high hopes and expectations of their new gear, only to discover that an expensive lens won’t automatically get your photos published in National Geographic.

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In My Bag Lets You Search Gear By Photographers (Or Photographers By Gear)

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We have said it time and again, the gear in your bag will not make you a better photographer. But admit it, it is always intriguing to peek in the toolbox of awesome photographers.

Online magazine In My Bag give you just this, the ability to look for photographers you like and peek in their bags.

The idea is to narrow down your interests and do a drill down to a photographer (or photographers) you like. You get a bit of information about them, their social media info, short philosophy and some of their best imagery and, for the real GAS inflicted photographers, peek at their bag.

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3 Essential Street Photography Lessons

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First things first. My name is Marius Vieth and I’m a 26 year old fine art photographer from Amsterdam who loves nothing more than street photography.

After shooting all sorts of things from 2011 to 2012 without ever finding myself and feeling my photography, I discovered my deep passion for street photography in the first month of my 365 project in 2013.

Since then, I’ve not only spent almost every single day on the streets of the world to capture wonderful moments, but I’ve also built my life around it.

Within these two years, I’ve won 20 awards so far, but if there’s one thing that makes me happier than that, it’s sharing my experiences and maybe inspire fellow photographers to fall in love with street photography as well.

So, here are three incredibly important lessons about street photography I’ve learned so far!

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This Collection Of 600 Vintage Cameras Is Currently For Sale On eBay

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If you suffer from GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) and would like to sooth the itch for a while, or if you’re simple jealous of your friend’s cameras collection and want to outdo him, this eBay listing is going to make your day.

A collection of roughly 600 cameras, manufactured by Kodaks, Ikontas, Canon, Nikon, Leica, Retina, Voigtlander, Minox, Hit, Polaroid, Revere, Rollei and others, is now for sale on eBay.

The collection represents 100 years of camera history with the oldest camera being from 1880 and the latest is from 1980.

At an average of $60 a piece, these cameras can be yours for $34,900.

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Gear Avoidance Syndrome: It Might Be Healthy For Your Photography

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GAS, also known as Gear Acquisition Syndrome, is very common among photographers. It simply means that you just can’t get enough new lenses, equipment and upgrade your cam as soon as possible in order to have more options and – according to the seemingly prevalent opinion – become better. But have you ever thought about the opposite side of this imaginary disease – the Gear Avoidance Syndrome? A syndrome that might even be good for you and your photography. And your wallet.

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What I’ve Learned So Far: Seven; Gear Envy Sucks

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Gear envy takes two major forms;

  1. “I can’t do what I want with this crummy gear.”
  2. “I can’t believe that guy/gal has such great equipment when their work sucks so bad.”

Actually envying someone by what their gear collection is – “I so wish I was him, I would be so awesome with that gear” – is more a sign of needing some professional help. Please see someone straight away.

So let’s look at number one first, the thought that you cannot shoot with your current crummy gear.

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