Gear Acquisition Syndrome – GAS

How to get rid of GAS in photography!

“Gear Acquisition Syndrome”

Gear Acquisition Syndrome or “GAS” is common among many photographers. You have GAS! GAS is an impulsive urge to purchase more gear. Gear that fills (only in your head) a major hole in your photography setup.

In photography, gear acquisition syndrome could mean cameras, lenses, lighting, backdrops, cables, computer software, and much more!

Why is this such a problem? Photographers tend to think there is a way to buy yourself out of a problem. There is always someone telling you that there is an “easy” button.

Example: “This lens will make my portraits look great”. For just $2200 dollars in can be mine!

Five Steps to Get Rid Of Gear Acquisition Syndrome

Step 1: Give your camera and lenses a good cleaning. Try to make them look as new as the day you bought them. It will be easier to use clean, fresh gear.

Step 2: Put a stop to GAS by researching online as if you are thinking about buying the camera or lens that you already own. You will learn something new. This will energize you.

Step 3: Keep in mind that the camera you want and the camera you have are extremely similar. There are far more similarities than differences. Practically speaking, they are the same!

Step 4: Remember that cameras do not take photographs. You do. A gear acquisition syndrome killer!

Step 5: Go out and shoot. Attend photo events. Spend more time discussing and shooting photos. Less time watching YouTube reviews.


Taking photos is by far the most important thing a photographer can do to re-energize, stay motivated and get rid of Gear Acquisition Syndrome. Instead of going to the camera shop, leaving your house for a simple photo walk could save you thousands of dollars in impulsive purchases.

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