Episode 006 – Is There A Cure For GAS?

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Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS), that is. Why? Where did your minds go? In any event, Brian and Sharky kick off Episode 6 with a healthy discussion about power editing on the go using a tablet instead of a laptop. There have been some great advancements in mobile hardware and software, but is it a truly viable laptop replacement? Speaking of gear, that segues us into the second topic of the show brought on by Sharky. He has a serious concern that many photographers have a major case of GAS FOMO (you look it up). Is it possible to have too much gear? Is there really such a thing? All that plus a healthy does of What’s On Your Gear Shelf?” is what you get for Episode 6.

Show Notes

  • Brian’s going on a road trip to Grand Tetons and Rocky Mountain National Parks and is seriously considering whether he can use his iPad Pro instead of his MacBook Pro laptop to backup, cull, and edit photos
  • Sharky talks about why he thinks Photo Mechanic is an excellent tool for sports photographers and photojournalists who have to quickly cull through huge numbers of photos [Camera Bits]
  • Brian questions whether the 128Gb capacity of the Gnarbox is large enough [Gnarbox]
  • Brian and Sharky show their age by reminiscing about old photo tech by Epson
  • Sharky questions whether it’s worth going into debt to get new gear and Brian expands on that but asking how much gear does a photographer really need?
  • The duo then talks about whether there is something to on-brand vs off-brand lenses (Canon/Nikon/Sony versus Sigma/Tamron)

What’s On Your Gear Shelf?

Sharky: Black Rapid Sport Breathe Shoulder Sling [via Amazon]

Brian: Business Cards by Moo [via Moo]


  1. Hi guys,

    Your discussion on travelling and trying to process photo is very relevant, as I’m travelling around australia follow the sun on an art & photo project. I’m just back from a trip along the kinberley coast from broome to Darwin (a zone pretty much out of internet and mobile phone range). I had two camera and my much loved little HP spectre (a windows surfacestyle tablet/laptop computer. It has a 256 SSd drive that all. Alos just before the trip I won a copy of photomechanicand thanks to sharky, thanks mate, I got a copy just the afternoon I set off on the trip. Here is a blog post about learning it of-line


    My Spectre does have lightroom (version 4.4, all more recent versions are slower) After shot pro, OnOne 10 and a beta version of Luminar, Using Photomechanic to bring in the photos was great I like it. The best bit was I then only had to send a couple of photo through to which ever package I wanted. I wasn’t ontop of my photos every day but I was was able to catch up within the next day. It was a hectic time playing around in boats, wandering around the bush, painting, photography , eating and sleeping where all more important than post processing. Their was not internet so no pressure to upload to social media.

    The spectre will run lightroom and all the software in tablet mode and I have the HP pen, which isn’t pressure sensitivte, but is close enough to using a wacom tablet, which I find makes the processing nice and easy (well except for trying to use the light room sliders with a pen). So this gearworked well for me.

    As a follow up to the frustration of merging GPS at the time (I could not check on any maps, because all the software uses on-line maps), which I suspected was related to synching times. The issue was that my phone store the GPS time stamps in GMT not local time. Anyway I now find t is easy to geotag my photos.


    So doing the travelling photography thing in the non-appleverse is already easy.

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