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January 12, 2014


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Some great photography "one-liners" taken from:…

  • Don’t shoot for fame or recognition.
  • Photo-competitions are not for everybody.
  • Your best picture may not win you anything, be prepared.
  • Post-Processing is an art!
  • A good photographer is the one who hides his mediocre works.
  • If you want to make a better photograph get closer.
  • There is no such thing called your style.
  • Shoot anything and everything.
  • Invest on lenses.
  • Whenever you feel the urge to buy a new gear just check what you have conquered with your current one.
  • If you want to be an artist, money comes last.
  • For portraits don’t ask them to pose instead talk and see it happen.
  • Greater shutter count doesnt simply mean you are a better photographer.
  • Carry less shoot more.
  • Practice and passion are the key for your survival.
  • Always shoot in RAW against JPEG dont ask why.
  • Speak to your camera, it performs better.
  • If you are a serious photographer you wouldn’t be shooting b’day parties.
  • Processing cannot save a poor picture.
  • The day you stopped debating about Canon or Nikon is the best in your photography life.
  • Wedding Photography is not for everybody so don’t quit your existing job.
  • Encourage your piers and friends, the world already has enough critics.
  • Histogram may sound complex but it’s not, so learn it now.
  • Shooting in extreme weather conditions will give you wonderful results.
  • Be open to criticism if you have expectations.
  • Do not recreate someone else’s photograph in the name of inspiration.
  • Try not to crop your pictures and see you excel as a photographer.
  • Have an insight about the final picture before you open photoshop.
  • Low light photography doesn’t mean you should bump your ISO.
  • Blur and DOF are two different phenomenons.
  • Make sure your copyright symbol doesn’t spoil the picture’s beauty.
  • Street Photography is not about shooting the poor and homeless.
  • When in broad daylight shoot indoors or take a nap.
  • See something beautiful but regret not having your camera, often happens to us so cherish you saw something.
  • Art is greater than you and your ego.
  • This world looks more beautiful twice a day, do not miss the sunrise and sunset.
  • Street Photography doesn’t sell, don’t try to make money out of it.
My favourites: 
  • Facebook likes doesn’t mean you have a good photograph.
  • Project 365 will make you quit photography before the year end.
  • Composition can’t be learned, it has to be practiced.
  • There are no mistakes in photography only lessons.
  • Learn the rules first to break them effectively.

One-liners to inspire georgewjohnson

Journals / Personal©2014-2015 georgewjohnson
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LUCILALEYLA Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great lines thank you for sharing :hug:
SteveCaissie-stock Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Photographer
If I can add one more to the list of proverbs:

Photography is about moderating two things: light and client expectations.
georgewjohnson Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant! Ha ha!
Carthaginian Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
These are great! Thank you :nod:
Pinedrop Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Excellent!  Looks like I'll have to start conversing with my camera.  And finally learn how to use a histogram...
Delahkel Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks for sharing!
SkankinMike Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
I talk to my camera!
georgewjohnson Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I swear at mine sometimes, does that still count? :lol:
tanikel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014   Photographer
Totally does.  :nod:
I'm surprised mine still cooperates with me after all of the names and threats I've made towards it. 
georgewjohnson Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Lowenaaa Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like those lines, some of them are really nice to get on our way to be a better photograph. There is only one that I never had in my mind, it's about histogram. I never feel to use it and don't even know how it can help me, so I'm gonna check it ! Thanks :)
Delahkel Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Photographer
Mostly, it'll help you figure out if you've got good exposure or not in conditions where it's hard to tell from the LCD screen.
Lowenaaa Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I just checked and it seems to be a powerful item, I will try using it with my own camera.
I can actually remember a lot of times when I didn't know if my photo had too much  exposure and just take 5-10 photos with different ISO just to be sure I had the good one ^^
georgewjohnson Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
It's one of the most useful and overlooked tools on a digital camera! It's a piece of cake of understand and so valuable. At its simplest, you look at the histogram after the shot to see if the image has good exposure. A nice well spread graph that doesn't pop out the top or doesn't quite touch the sides, means good exposure across the image. If you clip the top of the graph or the graph is all up one or the other, you have too much highlight or too much shadow, you simply compensate with the exposure compensation, get more graduated filters or adjust the exposure controls ( shutter, ISO, aperture ) in some way that will bring back the shadow detail or control the really bright highlights. 

There you go, it's as simple as that! Takes practice but it saves so much time as you know the exposure is right and you can fix the colours and tones in Photoshop knowing you have not lost any details.

When I shoot landscapes I do what is called ETTR ( Exposure To The Right ), you use the histogram to check that the graph is pushed as far to the right as possible without clipping out of the graph lines at the right. When you do the image looks awful in the display but it means you have all the highlight details in the shot and very little chance of losing details in the shadows. In Photoshop you then use the highlight/contrast/levels sliders bring the image back down to something more pleasing. Once you start using histograms you wonder how you managed without them. They're all over Photoshop, especially in the Levels and Curves adjustment layers.
Lowenaaa Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh god, your ETTR method is just... brilliant ! I MUST try it as soon as possible Run Away I will surely need a lot of tests before being able to get something I like, but I can't wait to try !

Thank you SO MUCH for explaining me all this, I'm so happy to have learn something useful !
Delahkel Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Photographer
Yeah, it is quite useful, especially in bright sunlight, when you're also working with strobes.
jchanders Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Some really good lines in it. Thanks a lot.

  :thanks:          :wave:  

JesterDK Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014   General Artist
A very entertaining read. Even as someone that doesn't take photographs seriously, it's always kinda cool to see some of the guidelines/how something works effectively. Understanding can up the appreciation!
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