One Camera, One Year.
Photography is masked by people’s gear. People hide behind it in the hope that new gear will make their photography better. Making photos is a very insecure process as you’re judged by your peers.
There’s whole forums dedicated to what gear you should buy, but realistically you only need the gear that you will use every day in and day out. I myself only use one camera and two lenses! It may be a shock to some people, but it brings the results for my portraiture, street photography, travel and architecture work.
Camera companies want you to believe that your camera is inadequete so they can make money off you. Ask yourself, does your camera take photos? And if the answer is yes (I hope so), then you don’t need to upgrade as long as you can use it comfortable and get amazing results from it, your photographs are the result of tireless hours of research and failure.
“Every experience is a form of exploration.”
― Ansel Adams
There’s a project I follow, called One Camera, One lens. In short, it teaches you to only keep the gear you know you’ll use. (read about the project here)
The most important part about photography is yourself and your ideas, and not your tools. I’m passionate about the process behind taking amazing photographs and meeting likeminded photographers to collaborate with, but not so passionate about sharing my images.
This stems from the fact that so many people ask what gear you use or praise the photograph and not the photographer.
I use the camera as a vehicle to explore and to meet new people, as well as an excuse to explore places that you would usually be frowned upon without a camera in your hand. Making photos is a very fun and challenging process, as well as very rewarding.
My advice to you? Just get out and shoot. Learn from others. Have fun, see the flaws in your work and discover flaws in your own personality. Photography is a very self-absorbed process at times, and working with people helps you get less caught up in it all.