Never leave home without…what? Your credit card? Driver licence? Breath mints?
No, your camera!
I am hereby declaring it a mortal sin to leave home without your camera…it should cause you great physical pain and perhaps even nausea to be without your most beloved tool for too long or to be separated by too great a distance.
Ok, a bit over the top perhaps but this is a serious topic and one that is often overlooked. I, for one, have been working on a kit that will have all necessary gear for most situations (3 lenses, 28mm, 50mm and 90mm), simple flash, camera body (Leica M7), misc accessories plus film (6-10 rolls) and carry in a weather proof bag that does not scream “steal me!”- but at the same time looks good and weighs less than seven pounds…anything over 10 and you will not carry it day in and day out- trust me I’ve tried.
My reasoning for this mandate is simple: without a camera you do not create work, period. Without a camera you as a photographer are worthless.
Now go get your camera…do it NOW! (How’s that for positive life changing motivation?)