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  • Writer's pictureIan Miller

Do you have GAS

Do you have GAS? No, I'm not talking about the kind that makes you fart or burp. I'm talking about Gear Acquisition Syndrome, the irresistible urge to buy more and more photography equipment. I know I do! Lots of photographers suffer from this.

You see, GAS is a condition that affects many of us who love taking pictures. We are always looking for the next best thing, the latest model, the most advanced features. We are never satisfied with what we have, and we always think that if we just get that one more lens, or that one more flash, or that one more tripod, our photos will be perfect.

But GAS is not only expensive, it's also counterproductive. It makes us focus more on the gear than on the art. It makes us forget that the most important tool in photography is not the camera, but the eye. It makes us lose sight of the fact that the best photos are not taken with the most expensive equipment, but with the most creative vision.

So how do we cure GAS? Well, there is no easy answer. Some people say that you should set a budget and stick to it. Some people say that you should sell or donate your old gear when you buy new ones. Some people say that you should limit yourself to one camera and one lens for a year. Some people say that you should just stop reading reviews and blogs and magazines about photography gear.

But I have a different suggestion. Why not embrace GAS? Why not turn it into a positive thing? Why not use it as a motivation to improve your skills and expand your horizons? Why not challenge yourself to use every piece of equipment you own in a different way? Why not experiment with different genres and styles and techniques? Why not have fun with your GAS?

After all, photography is supposed to be fun, right? And if buying new gear makes you happy, then why not do it? As long as you don't neglect your other responsibilities and obligations, as long as you don't go into debt or bankruptcy, and as long as you don't harm yourself or others, then what's wrong with having GAS?

Nothing, I say. Nothing at all. So go ahead and indulge in your GAS. Buy that new camera. Buy that new lens. Buy that new flash. Buy that new tripod. And then go out and take some amazing photos with them.

Because you have GAS. And so do I. And we're proud of it.

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