Don't get caught up

"…beware the pull of gear porn and the gear head. By gear porn, I mean the web sites that are constantly pushing every new widget that you must have, and how this will make you a better image maker.

Keep this fact in mind: If you are a working professional photographer or film maker, you are hired for your vision, your storytelling ability, and your ability to put those skills to work on demand. Gear heads can be hired, creative vision is much harder to come by, and thus worth much more. Steven Meisel didn’t come from a photographic background. He hired good assistants to help him with his vision. Gear is great, knowing the tools of your craft is important, but technical expertise can be hired, vision can not be out sourced.”

via David Stewart