A New Year’s Resolution: No New Photo Gear

A New Year’s Resolution: No New Photo Gear

If there was a correlation between gear and great photography, you would find my images in National Geographic. Alas, no such correlation exists. But in the past year or so, I’ve found myself purchasing photo equipment as some sort of salve to produce better work. This isn’t to say that it has all been for naught. I’ve used some of the gear (e.g. this intervalometer) often in a variety of environments and conditions, and produced work that I’m proud of.

But other gear remains unopened in its original box like this turntable plate that I thought I would use to make some product reviews.

There are niches of photography that require specialized equipment, and full-time pros require a certain durability and specific features. But it isn’t a stretch to say that most cameras (and many phones for that matter) have what you need to take an amazing photo.

I’m typically not a big New Year’s resolution kind of guy, but I think eschewing consumerism will force me to exercise effort rather than my wallet (even if that Hasselblad 907x looks compelling). And what I have is more than enough.

I’ll inevitably buy more XQD cards and a few more hard drives, but with the benefit of 2020 vision (pun intended), I hope to rely on effort and self-critique to produce meaningful work in the New Year.

Do you have a photo-related resolution for 2020? Share it in the comments below.

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Allen Murabayashi is the Chairman and co-founder of PhotoShelter.

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  1. Joseph McNally at 9:32 am

    Allen! You mean you’re not going to get the new TFY-2000 at 47 frames per second with the X-9 Flotar 800mm f.072 catadioptric lens with the laser sight, fluoride coating and the Eddie Bauer Camo paint job? Man, get that rig and the jobs will come rolling in! 😉

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