Taking Inventory, 2020
At the end of the year, businesswise, you’ve gotta take inventory for tax purposes. I’ve always taken this as a hint to look at the gear in the locker and challenge myself by asking if it should remain there. Looking back ten years and comparing the locker in 2010 with what’s in the locker right now, only three of the lenses pictured above remain. This revelation, is it a good or bad thing?
You might ask yourself if so little still remains in your kit if you might have purchased the wrong equipment to start with. On the other hand, you might think that technology has really advanced being the reason for the big change. Then, on the other hand, it could be that your photography has evolved to the point that much that old gear had to be replaced by new.
Personally, I look at all the gear in the locker as tools. While I love camera gear, really addicted to it in fact, the reality is I can only afford those tools that make a return on their investment. So I take inventory and as you can see in ten years, a whole lot of tools have come and gone. I like to keep my locker KISS so here it is, the end of the year, and I’m in the locker looking. I’m asking what projects are coming up in the next eighteen months, what can stay, what needs to go, and what needs to be added. It helps me take stock of where I am as a business and photographer. It’s pretty simple, taking inventory, 2020.