Everyone enjoys a good quote every once in a while, including us photographers. Here’s a handpicked list of photography related quotes that will get you thinking, give you a little perspective, and inspire you as you work to improve your own photos.
1. “When people ask me what equipment I use, I tell them my eyes.” (Anonymous)
Though we unfortunately don’t know who to credit with this quote, it still serves as a wonderful little reminder that it’s really not about the gear.
Keeping with the same theme as the first quote, famous landscape photographer Ansel Adams, had similar sentiments. Though there are a lot of technical aspects to taking a great photos like exposure settings and what not, one of the hardest parts of creating a good image is being able to visualize what looks good–something that’s not as easily taught as the technical side of things.
3. “When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes, but when you photograph people in black and white you photograph their souls.” (Ted Grant)
For many black and white photography enthusiasts, one of the most appealing draws to shooting sans color is how seamlessly distractions can be tamed in a photo simply by making the image monochrome.
One of the most common habits among the greatest photographers is that they are always “seeing” photographs, even when they’re not taking them. Whether their running errands or going on a bike ride, photographers are always thinking about how they would frame and shoot whatever it is they happen to have in front of them.
5. “Stop using photography techniques that you’re told are the best and photograph what and how you feel in your gut and heart.” (Scott Wyden Kivowitz)
In other words, shoot what you love. It’s nice to learn a variety of techniques and tricks as a means to find your personal style, but the ultimate goal should be to find what works best for you and run with it. Take what you’ve learned and make it into something of your own!
Photographs should capture a moment and help tell it’s story. By capturing mood and emotion, you can create photos that have depth of feeling and that, above anything, will make your photo great.
7. “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” (Ansel Adams)
As you’ve probably figured out by now, there’s more to photography than pointing your camera at something and snapping the picture. The process starts as a vision that you have to shape into a photograph. A great amount of thought and planning can go into visualizing, composing, exposing, and editing a single photo and all of those steps play an important role in the process!
8. “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” (Henri Cartier Bresson)
If you’re not happy with the photos you took today, don’t worry–you’re just getting the first 10,000 out of the way so you can start taking great photos.
It’s easy to become discouraged when you compare your photography to the work of professional photographers who have decades of experience under their belt. Go ahead and study, appreciate, and learn from the works of photographers you admire, just don’t make the mistake of comparing your work to theirs!
10. “Your camera takes great photos!” Thanks, I taught it everything it knows. (Anonymous)
Let’s just say, having a good sense of humor is absolutely required. Non-photographers will rarely understand what really makes a good photograph stand out–learning to take it with a grain of salt can help you from wanting to pull your hair out. Remember, the point of all this is to have fun!