I know you probably didn't enjoy reading that title. We all enjoy buying and playing with new gear. But before you push that buy button, take a few minutes to consider the points made in this video.
Coming to you from Jeff Rojas, this great video discusses some crucial things you should consider before you pull out your wallet for your next big gear purchase. Of Rojas' many helpful tips, one that has always particularly stuck with me is how helpful it is to stay on top of selling gear you aren't really using anymore. It's very easy to keep a piece of gear you're not using much in the closet where you almost forget you own it, but a lot of photography equipment (particularly lenses) can hold its value quite well, especially if you take good care of it. Ask yourself if you're really making money off of that lens that's been sitting in your bag for months; often, you can fund a significant portion of a new gear purchase by jettisoning something you really don't need to own anymore. It's a fun way to try out lots of gear without breaking the bank. Check out the video above for more helpful tips.