Use Your Eyes
“When people ask me what equipment I use – I tell them my eyes”
It’s easy to get caught up in fancy equipment, but learning to see the world with the eye of an artist is what makes a real photographer.
Shoot What It Feels Like
“Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.”
Do you have a favorite photograph? Have you ever wondered what made it better than other ones? It’s a good bet that it made you feel something. Next time you take a photograph of something, shoot what it feels like.
“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”
Once the photography bug bites you, there’s no turning back. There’s a world out there waiting for you to snap its picture. Go for it.
Photograph What You Love
“Only photograph what you love.”
When photographer Tim Walker said, “Only photograph what you love,” did he mean to stick to what’s familiar or only things that make you feel good? No. He meant that when you decide to take a picture, the subject should be something worth caring about. Otherwise, why do it? The best photographs come when you care a lot.
“Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.”
No, you don’t have to be a cookie thief to be a good photographer. But it probably helps. Some things like taking just the right picture sure do feel like you’re getting away with something.
Let It Take You
“I didn’t choose photography. Photography chose me.”
Some people feel almost born for photography. Others come to it bit by bit. If it feels like photography chose you, that’s great. But the point is, once you’ve found it, to let it take you places you’ve never been before.
Make It Special
“You don’t take a photograph. You make it.”
There are two kinds of photographs. The kind you snap for fun and the kind you do on purpose. Both are fine. What kind is your next photograph going to be?
Feel Your Power
“When I have a camera in my hand, I have no fear.”
So. Can a camera give you superpowers? No. By itself it can’t. But knowing how to use one can. There’s great power in getting good at something. And guess what? Getting good with your camera can help you change the world.
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