In college, I learned about neomania. Surprisingly a quick Google search did not present a clear cut definition. From my recollection, which as many of my friends know is often flawed, neomania is an obsession with new. The need to buy the next new thing.
While I do not consider myself materialistic, I find myself often intrigued by and wanting to own new products. My practical side tends to trump my curious side though—at least for some time. If after a while I realize I have some apparent need for an item, I eventually purchase it after a good amount of researching, comparing and then finally a moment of impulsiveness.
Regarding photography, I can tell you that I have wanted to expand my resources. I’ve had ideas about ways I want to move forward with photography and equipment I need to progress in the field, and often these ideas remain just that—ideas—for years. I still need a new camera bag.
But I finally purchased a flash. The final straw? Seeing a picture on Facebook taken by a fellow photographer with some comments about the flash. I posted earlier about deciding on and using the 580 EX II. I’m getting over my initial intimidation and beginning to have lots of fun experimenting with the flash, thanks in large part to some tips from a friend. One of the main things I found incredibly useful is using the catch light for outdoor night portraits. Also incredibly useful: attractive friends. Just saying.