Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Bimjo, Jul 6, 2013.
Some of this hits pretty close to home: Diseases That Plague Photographers
I don't consider myself a "photographer" but heck I have most of those "diseases"
GAS is a very familiar term from the music world.
GAS is very familiar disease to a lot of us. And not only to photographers. Nearly any serious hobbyist will have it. My wife's sewing. I have been into woodworking for 40 years and I'll bet I have tools that I don't know I have. But then my memory, or lack of, is another issue.
Oh god I have LBA. That's embarrassing enough in itself, but even worse is that I've never heard of this "Canikon" lens.. never, and I used to consider myself an enthusiast! How did this get past me? How have I never tried them?! I feel such a fraud. *hangs head in shame* :sad010:
To be fair though photography is a hobby that closely parallels the love for gear, technology etc.. I guess it's fine as long as you don't go over board.
IMHO, when you start liking the photos that you shoot you will find yourself getting less affected by the "plague".
There was a time when I owned and collected a lot of gear particularly lenses with the belief that perfect lens is just around the corner, I was even one of the early adopters of using legacy glass when I started to use my old minolta lenses as I was not satisfied with the native lenses available. Whether it be more dof, better contrast, or smoother bokeh I always held the belief that better contrast, better bokeh, more dof, etc.. would make my images look better, then it dawned on me...I just didn't like the images I have been taking.
I had a good look at the the way that I shoot and what I shoot and tried to make images that I enjoyed instead of images that are popular, as a result it's been over a year now since I bought anything gear and I don't think I'll be getting any new gear sometime in the future afterall what's the point? I like the images the I'm taking now and I don't want to change a thing. As a result I am now taking images that aren't necessarily good, but they're the images that I like.
Perhaps a rhetorical question, Does a person with the latest, most expensive, and best equipment suffer GAS? and if they do, what do they GAS for?
Again this is just IMHO
Also its important to remember the difference between someone who gets gear with the belief that it will dramatically improve their pictures and someone who gets new gear because of their genuine love for new technology and gadgets.
Yeah, but… I buy old stuff.
That's cool, that makes you more of a collector and a connoisseur
Yeah, maybe my wife will buy that line.
Yeah, maybe not.
I don't mean to promote bad habits, please feel free to delete this post if necessary, but I find it easier to say sorry after buying something than asking permission :evilsmile:
*Disclaimer: You must also be prepared to sleep on the couch for weeks, eat all the foods you hate for weeks, and spend your salary for the forseeable future on roses, chocolates, and other gifts.
I have a 37+ year habit of doing just that. Got the knots on my noggin to prove it too.
Well, I'm not trying to give anyone bad ideas... but I had a colleague who was into train models. Those things are seriously expensive and his wife hated them. So whenever he bought a new set he had it delivered to work. Then he took an old set to work and brought the new one back home. Apparently, the wife had counted them but couldn't really tell them apart
I don't do that sort of thing of course.
I'm taking notes
Very happy to report I am disease free!
Of course, denial is part of the disease
But I am also glad to report that my GAS, LBA and TUB have been in remission for the last few months. I still post here most days, so I guess I need to work a bit more on my PFA.
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