I know more than a few landscape photographers who are photographers, mostly, because they get to be outside and see cool stuff.
I know photographers who take photos because they like to call themselves photographers, or because they like the group of friends the go shoot with.
I know photographers who shoot pictures mainly to post online, so that they can be involved in any number of the bustling online communities.
There’s nothing wrong with any one of these reasons. If you like to shoot because you like hanging out with other people who shoot, that’s fantastic. Go sick.
But, realize why you’re doing it.
Realize what your use of the activity is.
If you only care about posting things online, or being outside, do you need that new $3000 5dMark3, or that nifty new $3000 Nikon 12-24 with a Canon mount? If it’s a status thing, sure, but you certainly don’t need that to take pictures that will look fantastic online.
What is your art supposed to do when it’s done properly?
How do you know when it’s successful?
Hammer these things out and you’ll likely save yourself loads of frustration down the road.
Note: In no way does this apply only to photography or art
HT: Seth Godin