Buying new gear often feels like the quickest way to improve your photography. This video by SLR Lounge explores why this isn't the case and offers a tried and tested road map as an alternative.
There is no doubt in my mind that you want to improve your photography. All too often, the allure of a little extra dynamic range, resolution, or slightly sharper lens is enough to convince us that buying the gear will make us better photographers. Personally, I believe we're susceptible to this way of thinking because it offers a quick, easy path to improvement. By spending X amount of money, we get 10 extra megapixels of resolution. The other method — investing time, money, and effort into learning and practicing can seem overwhelming and less tangible. Where do you start and what order make the most sense? When is it important to buy new gear? How much will I have improved my photography after investing this time and money into education?
I found this video and accompanying article to be a refreshingly succinct insight into the phenomenon of gear acquisition syndrome (GAS) as well as providing sound advice for a learning track. Even after 13 years of photography, I find myself reading up on the latest cameras and lenses, investing time that could be used to practice and refine my craft into pointless gear chat.