We hear a lot about GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), which is this need to have the latest and greatest or this itchy feeling to buy this little thing that is going to make your photography amazing … I’m not going to enter in this discussion, but just tell a small story about the gear you own, the one you carry and the one you actually use.
A couple of weeks ago we went on a family trip to a nearby lake. Beautiful place we already visited a couple of times. This time I was armed with tripod, platypod (this plate that can hold your camera almost a ground level), ball-head and so on. We were taking a buggy, in case my little daughter get tired and didn’t want to walk anymore, so carrying the gear would come “for free”. It was daytime and a very sunny day, so not piece of landscape art would be made, but I was “prepared” for some nice shots.
Needless to say that during the whole hike, all the gear stayed in the buggy and I just walked around with the camera alternating shots of the kids and and the landscape.
At a certain point I decided to go down to the lake margin (the hiking path was a bit elevated) and take some shots of the nearly totally frozen lake. Obviously the only thing a carried with me was the camera and its bag, where the remote lives together with a small portable tripod, which is in the limit of handling the camera’s weight. Well, at the end of the day, this was all the gear that I used.
Conclusion from this short story. I should either get rid of all this gear, or better, stop being lazy and start correctly using the gear I own!! 🙂