And finally, defy the extremely high probability that you'll drop five grand on a top-shelf DSLR rig and then be one of those knuckleheads who never learns how to use it. Try looking before you leap. Steinmetz urges everyone to take a photography class, either in person or online, simply to get a real understanding of what goes into taking photos – and all the amazing things that your camera is capable of.

"You have to be in control of your medium," he says. "Your framing has to be accurate. You have to be able to control depth of field, focal length, shutter speed. Right now, they spoil you with an iPhone. A monkey could take pictures with these things. You've got to learn the basic functionality of the camera."