I love new gear! I love opening the box and pulling all of the camera’s, cables and batteries out of their neatly sealed bags. In that moment the possibilities seem endless. I think to myself this camera will let me do this or that better… it has better ISO performance or a better focusing system. In the end you could go bankrupt buying gear to help you take “better” photos.
A long time ago I bought a cheapo guitar and started teaching myself to play. The guitar wasn’t the best and I thought what I needed was a better guitar, then I would really be able play better. I knew a guy who played guitar at the time who was really good. Instead of using guitar picks he used his old credit cards that he had cut up, maybe as an act of redemption to make something beautiful out of them, ha ha! Anyway he picked up my out of tune $300 guitar that I bought on my lunch break and made it sing with nothing more than a piece of a credit card in his fingers. The obvious reality that had escaped me until then hit me like a ton of bricks. You know where I’m going with this… I’ve since gotten a much nicer guitar (Taylor 310CE) and have gotten much better than I was back then at playing that guitar but the thing that has stayed the same is that nothing can replace hard work and practice put towards perfecting your craft whatever it is. There are no shortcuts to getting where you want to be.
I’d love to pick up a couple of Canon 5d Mark III’s, a few lenses, and some lights and as time goes on I will. But in the meantime I don’t ever want to lose sight of what’s really important, perfecting my craft and making images that matter to me. There will always be better gear out there to buy but it won’t necessarily make you better. Push the gear you have to it’s very limit, learn as you go, and make beautiful things that matter.