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Shiny Things

September 5th, 2013 at 04:26 am

Good question. Why are we buying things we can't afford in search of happiness we can't buy?

Yesterday I had an itchy finger to buy camera equipment that I really don't need, but wanted because the features are better than my current cameras.

I have three cameras (just sold two) I rotate based on what I'm photographing, so I can get by even if neither of them have the two features on one camera that I want and will need.

Eventually I talked myself out of it saying what I have is good enough.

I'm not sure if I'm trying to buy happiness this time, I would pay cash for it, but I don't need it.

I do have a weakness for camera gear, it's called GAS (gear acquisition syndrome), and this is an area I must learn to control better. With everything else, I can be really cheap, but not when it comes to my equipment.

I no longer do weddings or portraits, but I was thinking about getting back into the portrait work to earn extra money on the side.

I suppose when that gets off the ground, then I will update my equipment. Until then I will have to sit on my hands, use what I have and stop looking at temptation.

I plan to read the above book while I'm on vacation next month. Maybe it will help calm me down a bit and stay focused.

What I have is good enough for now. Repeat.

photo credit: iamarunner

4 Responses to “Shiny Things”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I like your plan, use what you have, build the business and then upgrade. You will at least be earning more to offset the near gear.

  2. imarunner Says:

    @creditcardfree - I have many things to work on and this is one of them. I've been limited, but still taking great pictures without the camera's features so I can hold off for a while. I want it now, but don't NEED it now. My inner struggle. Thanks.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    There's always going to be a better doohickey. The skill is in knowing when to upgrade and when to let good enough be good enough.

  4. imarunner Says:

    "There's always going to be a better doohickey."

    i say this to myself a lot. thanks cb in the city.

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