Do You Have Gear Acquisition Syndrome?

By Chris Corradino on May 11th, 2016

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Do You Have Gear Acquisition Syndrome?

Many photographers fall victim to "GAS" (gear acquisition syndrome). The truth is, your success has very little to do with what tool you're using, and more to do with your unique vision. Great images can be made from a phone to a DSLR and everything in between. Statistically speaking it's actually rather simple. By carrying a camera at all times, your photo opportunities increase, and with it, your success ratio soars. Remember, a camera's image quality is only as good as the person controlling it.

Before reaching any breathtaking vista, you must first climb, sweat, and navigate around thickets. This type of persistence is equally important on the path to good photography. Even the greatest photographers of all time had outings that were less than ideal. Perhaps no finer example than this story from Ansel Adams. He just spent a frustrating day with "several exasperating trials." Yet Adams wasn't discouraged, noting that "defeat comes occasionally to all photographers, as to all politicians, and there is no use moaning about it." He got back in the car, started driving, and soon found a majestic scene that would become one of his most famous works, Moonrise, Hernandez. Whether you're just starting your photography pursuit, or are exploring new creative avenues, you never know what treasures will greet you around the next bend.

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