I'd like to talk a little bit about gear. I'm not going to tell you about the gear that I own in this post, except that I really don't have much gear at all. A couple realatively old camera bodies and a few lenses for each and not a whole lot else. I, like many photographers, love learning about new gear and the things it can do for us, but in the end, I just don't buy much gear at all. First of all I really can't afford it, but more importantly gear doesn't make you a better photographer.
I am a big believer that if you limit yourself as far as the equipment you have, you will benefit your pictures by focusing on actually finding the limits of the gear you have, as opposed to being concerned about what you should be using at any given time. This isn't to say all those expensive lenses people have are useless, by no means, but, especially when starting out, most people would do well just having a very limited amount of gear to work with and LEARN how to get the most out of that equipment. That is how you will learn to make better pictures.