Three tips for curing G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)
Do you have an insatiable lust for the latest and greatest gear? If so, you probably have Gear Acquisition Syndrome, a made-up cheekily known as G.A.S. throughout the web.
While it’s fun to play and experiment with the newest gear that gets released month after month, the reality is it’s not the gear that will make you a better photography. It’s practice and knowledge, two things you can gain with even the cheapest of camera equipment.
During the 7-minute video, Quiles and Rojas break down three of their favorite tips for quitting cold turkey on picking up unnecessary photo gear. Below is a rundown of the three tips given:
- Take a 30-day challenge – Push yourself to shoot with the absolute minimum amount of gear you possibly can for any given shoot. This will challenge you to push your boundaries and make you realize how much unnecessary stuff you likely take on your current shoots.
- Sell your unused equipment – Once you’ve taken the challenge, find out what gear it is you don’t use and sell it. Rather than letting it collect dust and make you lust for more, get it out of your site (and pick up a little dough on the side).
- Spend more time shooting – this one should go without saying, but all too often photographers get caught up in the amount of noise or lack of dynamic range at insane ISOs by staring at a computer screen all day. Get out there. Shoot. It’s amazing how much you won’t miss all of your gear when you just get out there and start shooting with the minimal amount.
Hopefully you took away a few tips throughout the video. What are some of your favorite tips and suggestions for making the most of the gear you have and not buying up more?
Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.