I find it some of the hardest photography and the most challenging photography I’ve ever done. It’s a real challenge to work with the natural features and the natural light. -Galen Rowell
There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. -Ansel Adams
You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper. -William Albert Allard
I don’t edit all of my pictures. Just some of them. Digital pictures: I almost never edit these (once in a while there will be one that I really like but the exposure was off a little. In that case I may brighten it. This is very rare. I usually just delete the bad ones). However, I never overdo it. If a picture needs so much editing that it looks entirely different from your original, then it’s a bad picture and trying to pass it off as your in-camera work is “cheating”. Although it’s not cheating if you are doing it for creative/artistic effects and you don’t try to hide the fact that you edited it. Your business will actually be more successful if you try to get it right the first time (in the camera) and rely little (if ever) on editing. Anyone who says that you ALWAYS NEED to edit ALL of your pictures is a bad photographer.
Think about the photo before and after, never during. The secret is to take your time. You mustn’t go too fast. The subject must forget about you. Then, however, you must be very quick.
To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event. - Henri Cartier-Bresson
When asked why I pursued a photography as a profession, I always answer the same way; “Because I want to do something that matters.”
For the occasional hobbyist, photography is a fun pass-time. But for serious shutterbugs and professionals, photography is much more.
Photography is about telling stories and more importantly protecting memories. With a camera you can protect YOUR memory of a scene. You can also preserve that memory for generations to come.
That’s pretty important.
Photography has many uses. It can be used to document history, create art, preserve memories, etc.
Ask someone who’s running out of a burning home what they’ll grab. Nine times out of 10, it’s the photo album.
Photography is VERY important.
I always wanted to be a photographer. I was fascinated with the materials. But I never dreamed I would be having this much fun. I imagined something much less elusive, much more mundane. - Lee Friedlander
Photography is all about light, composition and, most importantly, emotion. - Larry Wilder
The more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer. -Robert Mapplethorpe
I only ever take one picture of one thing. Literally. Never two. So then that picture is taken and then the next one is waiting somewhere else.’ Let me get this straight, I say, astonished: each image he has produced is the result of one single shot? He nods. And what happens, I ask, if you don’t get the picture you want in that one shot? ‘Then I don’t get it,’ he answers simply. ‘I don’t really worry if it works out or not .