Knowledge and practice make better images than knowledge of gear. Having something to say with your pictures is about a hundred times more important than knowledge of gear, and even of knowledge and practice. A 45 dollar tripod can make more difference to the image you create than a thousand dollar upgrade. So can the use of the inbuilt timer. But having a reason to go and take your photographs is the single most important thing you need to carry with you when you venture out each day. Without that reason you will be forever stuck trying to make technically perfect images of what? Something you saw someone else do? Why? Knowledge and practice are far more inportant than knowledge of gear, but having a motivation a real motivation is the most important thing to take with you every day.