One of the blogs I try to follow is Lisa Bettany's "MostlyLisa.com". She is a modelographer (i.e. model/photographer) who also works for the the Vancouver Province. She was also named on the top 10 hottest geeks by Wired. Maybe a strange introduction but unfortunately photography is a male dominated industry and hobby so maybe its not so strange to point this out. Did I mention she is Canadian? Never hurts to put in a good word for a fellow Canuck.
In her most recent post (as of this writing) she wrote about "10 New Years Resolutions Every Photographer should make". I have to agree with all of them however I was really struck by number 4. I will not be hindered by the gear I do not have.
That is an incredible notion. I mean, how often do we have thoughts like "if only I had this lens" or "if only I had that camera." A better camera doesn't necessarily mean better pictures. And in fact if you don't get your butt out there and shoot it doesn't matter what camera you have collecting dust.
I always laugh and get slightly offended when someone says nice picture --you must have a nice camera. After all, its the photographer not the gear that makes the picture. Yet I have no problem feeling gear envy when someone else takes a nice picture with a newer/ more expensive camera, lens, or lighting setup.
I think the other resolution that made me think was I will learn how to process my shots. I still feel quite inadequate with my processing. I can do the basics and know enough to wreck a perfectly decent shot. That's one resolution I think I'll have to work on.