Saturday, November 13, 2010

"100 Things I've Learned About Photography" by Darren Rowse

100 Things I’ve Learned About Photography

Since I found photography two and a half years ago I have learned different things which I would like to share with you today. These lessons have made me richer and I hope that you will find them refreshing and inspiring on your journey with the camera, too.

1. Never do photography to become a rock-star. (I know when I photograph Im satisfying myself and nobody else not unless Im getting paid for the photographs - I guess they kinda have to like the outcome too lol)

2. Enjoy what you are shooting.

3. Prepare well for your shooting, realizing that your battery isn’t charge when you’re setting up for that sunrise shoot is too late!

4. Always take one warm garment more than you actually need with you

5. Pay attention to your thoughts and emotions while you are shooting

6. Set goals you can achieve

7. Write tips about photography, because writing is also learning

8. Never go shooting without a tripod

9. Be pleased with the little prosperities

10. Build relationships with potential photo buddies. (I have my girls Margie & Pennie, my sister Ira to snap some shots with)
11. Watch the place you want to shoot first with your heart then with the camera

12. Always stay calm

13. Know that you tend to overestimate yourself

14. Perspective is the killer

15. Dedicate yourself to photography, but never browbeat yourself too much                  (brow·beat/ˈbrouˌbēt/Verb: Intimidate (someone), typically into doing something, with stern or abusive words: "a witness is being browbeaten under cross-examination". )

16. Take part in a photography community (I love IHeartFaces Photo Community and The Nest Photography Board
      17. Keep your camera clean

18. Never compare yourself to others in a better or worse context (each photographer has their own style and technic so there's no point on comparing in a better or worse context just learn from each other)

19. Find your own style of photography (I'm still finding my own style, eventually I will have it down pack lol)

20. Try to compose more and to hit the shutter less

21. Seek out and learn to accept critique on your images (I always appreciate constractive criticism, its what makes a photographer strive harder for better photos)

22. Do something different to recover creativity

23. Get inspiration from the work of other photographers (I love going to photoblogs and admire other people's work and learn from their styles)

24. Criticize honestly but respectfully ("Do unto others what you want other do unto you")

25. Get feedback from your lady

26. Don’t copy other photographer’s style (use it as inspiration to build your own style)

27. Be bold

28. Take care of the golden ratio

29. 10mm rocks!

30. Take selfportraits (I love photos of myself too, I really need to invest on better tripod heheh)

31. Read books about photography

32. To give a landscapephotograph the extra boost, integrate a person (maybe yourself)

33. Every shooting situation is different than you expect

34. Pay attention to s-curves and lines

35. Always shoot in RAW
36. Keep your sensor clean, so you can save some work cleaning your image in post production

37. Discover the things you think are beautiful

38. It takes time to become a good photographer (I am far from it since Im a beginner lol)

39. The best equipment is that what you have now (I want more though! lol)

40. You can’t take photographs of everything

41. Break the rules of photography knowingly, but not your camera

42. Pay attention to the different way that light falls on different parts of your scene

43. The eye moves to the point of contrast

44. Clouds increase the atmosphere of a landscape

45. Start a photoblog (And you are inside my photoblog, enjoy! come again, and dont forget to leave a comment)

46. Accept praise and say “thank you” (This is one thing I always follow, my own quote "never refuse a compliment, say thank you and give back a genuine smile")

47. ‘Nice Shot’ is not a very useful comment to write

48. ‘Amazing!’ isn’t useful either. Try to describe specifically what you like or don’t like about an image.

49. You are not your camera

50. Ask a question at the end of your comment on a photo to get a ping-pong conversation with the photographer (I always do this, I learned this from communication class, if you want a response back you must ask a question)

51. Do a review of your archives on a regular basis, the longer you photograph – the more diamonds are hidden there

52. Always clarify what the eyecatcher (focal point) will be in your image

53. No image is better than a bad one

54. Everyone has to start little (I started little, and still growing)

55. Your opinion about photography is important! (TRUE!)

56. Leave a funny but thoughtful comment (its always fun to read funny comments just not insulting ones heheh)

57. Speak about your experiences with your photo buddies (I like getting feedback and giving feedback so I always share my Photo Op experiences)

58. Limit your photograph to the substance

59. Participate in Photocontests (I have only joined one photo contest and I placed top 20, not bad for a beginner and there's thousand participant)

60. Post processing = Optimizing your image to the best result

61. Shoot exposure latitudes as often as possible

62. Use photomatix as seldom as possible, HDR’s always have a synthetic flavor

63. Always remember what brought you to photography (What brought me to photography is my husband Timothy that bought me my DSLR, and also my cousin Inna who allowed me to play with her boyfriend's camera during a vacation trip to Cebu, Philippines)

64. Never shoot a person who doensn’t want to be photographed

65. Always turn arround, sometimes the better image is behind you

66. It’s who’s behind the camera, not the camera

67. Mistakes are allowed! The more mistakes you make, the more you learn! (refer to #96)

68. If you have an idea and immediately you think : No, this is not going to work – Do it anyway. When in doubt – always shoot.

69. Understand and look to your histogramm while shooting. It delivers very important information about your image

70. Know your camera, because searching the menu button in the night is time you don’t want to waste (I, so far have memorized the adjustment dial lol)

71. Shoot as often as possible (I just need more memory space!)

72. Believe in yourself (I do believe in myself, actually more than I used to.)

73. Don’t be afraid of getting dirty

74. Pay attention to qualitiy in your image (this is vital, its one way to improve)

75. Your photographs are a personal map of your psyche

76. Re-check your ISO-Settings. It’s aweful to detect the wrong settings on your screen.

77. Be thankful for long and thoughtful comments on your images (I rather read a long long long comment than just Nice Shot!)

78. Never trust your LCD. Normally it is brighter and sharper as the original image.

79. Provide for enough disc space, because it’s cheap and you will need it.

80. Learn to enjoy beautful moments when you don’t have a camera with you. (I enjoy the moment then then I hit myself for not having a camera on hand lol)

81. Always arrive at least half an hour earlier before sunrise / sundown, composing in a hurry is a bad thing.

82. Try to amplify your mental and physical limits. Takes some extra shots when you think “it’s enough”

83. Pay attention to structures in the sky and wait until they fit into structures in the foreground

84. Visit the same place as often as possible. Light never shows the same mountain.

85. Print your images in big size. You will love it.

86. Calibrate your monitor. Working with a monitor that is not accurate is like being together with someone you can’t trust. It always ends badly.

87. Don’t think about what others may say about your image. If you like it, it’s worth publishing. (I still need to work on this, besides Im still learning so I guess I can use it as a tool to get better)

88. Never address reproaches to yourself. Learn from your mistakes and look forward, not backward. (the only time one should look backward is with one intention, to appreciate how far one have gone)

89. Fight your laziness ! Creativitiy comes after discipline.

90. Ask yourself : What do you want to express in your images ?

91. Always try to think outside the box, collect new ideas about photographs you could do and ask yourself : Why not? (I plan to create a journal with all the possible shots that may inspire me)

92. Search for a mentor. (I found one, Thanks Krys! and I guess my new workshop instructor Chip)

93. Photography is never a waste of time. (how could it be a waste when you're capturing moments that cant possibly happen again)

94. Every community has it’s downsides. Don’t leave it out of an emotional response.

95. There will always be people who will not like what you are doing. (they are just jealous! lol just kidding but this is a true statement)

96. Henri Cartier-Bresson was right when he said that “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
(I lost track, not sure if Im halfway there)
97. A better camera doesn’t guarantee better images. (so true, its not just the camera is the photographer too)

98. Always have printing in mind when you postprocess your images.

99. Photography is fair : You gain publicity with the quality of your images. Unless the images are stolen, there is no way of cheating yourself higher. (Agree!)

100. Write a 100 things list

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