100 Tips from a Professional Photographer

100 Tips from a Professional Photographer

By Simonbook - 21 Dec 2015 in Geeky 400

100 Tips from a Professional Photographer

This list is for me to re-read at my leisure, but you can read it too :p

  • Just because someone has an expensive camera doesn't mean that they're a good photographer.
  • Always shoot in RAW. Always.
  • Prime lenses help you learn to be a better photographer.
  • Photo editing is an art in itself
  • The rule of thirds works % of the time.
  • Macro photography isn't for everybody.
  • UV filters work just as well as lens caps.
  • Go outside & shoot photos rather than spending hours a day on photography forums.
  • Capture the beauty in the mundane and you have a winning photograph.
  • Film isn't better than digital.
  • Digital isn't better than film.
  • There is no 'magic' camera or lens.
  • Better lenses don't give you better photos.
  • Spend less time looking at other people's work and more time shooting your own.
  • Don't take your DSLR to parties.
  • Girls dig photographers.
  • Making your photos b/w doesn't automatically make them 'artsy'
  • People will always discredit your work if you tell them you 'photoshop' your images. Rather, tell them that you process them in the 'digital darkroom'.
  • You don't need to take a photo of everything.
  • Have at least backups of all your images. Like they say in war, two is one, one is none.
  • Ditch the neck strap and get a handstrap.
  • Get closer when taking your photos, they often turn out better.
  • Be a part of a scene while taking a photo; not a voyeur.
  • Taking a photo crouched often make your photos look more interesting.
  • Worry less about technical aspects and focus more on compositional aspects of photography.
  • Tape up any logos on your camera with black gaffers tape- it brings a lot less attention to you.
  • Always underexpose by /rds of a stop when shooting in broad daylight.
  • The more photos you take, the better you get.
  • Don't be afraid to take several photos of the same scene at different exposures, angles, or apertures.
  • Only show your best photos.
  • A point-and-shoot is still a camera.
  • Join an online photography forum.
  • Critique the works of others.
  • Think before you shoot.
  • A good photo shouldn't require explanation (although background information often adds to an image)
  • Alcohol and photography do not mix well.
  • Draw inspiration from other photographers but never worship them.
  • Grain is beautiful.
  • Ditch the photo backpack and get a messenger bag. It makes getting your lenses and camera a whole lot easier.
  • Simplicity is key.
  • The definition of photography is: 'painting with light.' Use light in your favor.
  • Find your style of photography and stick with it.
  • Having a second monitor is the best thing ever for photo processing.
  • Silver EFEX pro is the best b/w converter.
  • Carry your camera with you everywhere. Everywhere.
  • Never let photography get in the way of enjoying life.
  • Don't pamper your camera. Use and abuse it.
  • Take straight photos.
  • Shoot with confidence.
  • Photography and juxtaposition are best friends.
  • Print out your photos big. They will make you happy.
  • Give your photos to friends.
  • Give them to strangers.
  • Don't forget to frame them.
  • Costco prints are cheap and look great.
  • Go out and take photos with (a) friend(s).
  • Join a photo club or start one for yourself.
  • Photos make great presents.
  • Taking photos of strangers is thrilling.
  • Candid>Posed.
  • Natural light is the best light.
  • mm (on full frame) is the best 'walk-around' focal length.
  • Don't be afraid to bump up your ISO when necessary.
  • You don't need to always bring a tripod with you everywhere you go (hell, I don't even own one).
  • It is always better to underexpose than overexpose.
  • Shooting photos of homeless people in an attempt to be 'artsy' is exploitation.
  • You will find the best photo opportunities in the least likely situations.
  • Photos are always more interesting with the human element included.
  • You can't 'photoshop' bad images into good ones.
  • Nowadays everybody is a photographer.
  • You don't need to fly to Paris to get good photos; the best photo opportunities are in your backyard.
  • People with DSLRS who shoot portraits with their grip pointed downwards look like morons.
  • Cameras as tools, not toys.
  • In terms of composition, photography and painting aren't much different.
  • Photography isn't a hobby- it's a lifestyle.
  • Make photos, not excuses.
  • Be original in your photography. Don't try to copy the style of others.
  • The best photographs tell stories that begs the viewer for more.
  • Any cameras but black ones draw too much attention.
  • The more gear you carry around with you the less you will enjoy photography.
  • Good self-portraits are harder to take than they seem.
  • Laughter always draws out peoples' true character in a photograph.
  • Don't look suspicious when taking photos- blend in with the environment.
  • Landscape photography can become dull after a while.
  • Have fun while taking photos.
  • Never delete any of your photos.
  • Be respectful when taking photos of people or places.
  • When taking candid photos of people in the street, it is easier to use a wide-angle than a telephoto lens.
  • Travel and photography are the perfect pair.
  • Learn how to read a histogram.
  • A noisy photo is better than a blurry one.
  • Don't be afraid to take photos in the rain.
  • Learn how to enjoy the moment, rather than relentlessly trying to capture the perfect picture of it.
  • Never take photos on an empty stomach.
  • You will discover a lot about yourself through your photography.
  • Never hoard your photographic insight- share it with the world.
  • Never stop taking photos
  • Photography is more than simply taking photos, it is a philosophy of life
  • Capture the decisive moment
  • Write your own list.

Stolen from: http://gizmodo.com/5904107/100-tips-from-a-professional-photographer

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