You may have heard the most important rule of photography is the rule of thirds, but there a much more critical rule.
Imagine you’re on a hike, as you turn the corner, up-ahead a baby bear cub sits on the path, illuminated by a rainbow. Here’s a once in a lifetime shot, and you don’t have your camera.
So there you have it, the cardinal rule of photography. The best camera, is the one you have with you.
Mentally, I wasn’t ready for the size of my first DSLR. I missed a lot of great photos, because I was too lazy to lug around my camera and lens.
Know yourself. Having good camera gear is a game changer, but if you won’t carry it around, then it’s worth having something you will. Consider putting the money into a good phone camera, or a smaller point-and-shoot.