What They Wish They’d Known about Photography

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Nuel photographsWhat They Wish They’d Known about Photography is an article I stumbled upon while on my twitter account. It was written by Darren Rowse. It contains responses from a question about what people wished they’d known when they first started out in photography. It seemed like a knowledge base that came from nowhere. If you are interested in photography, I’ll recommend you dip in and read to end. I’m sure you’ll pick up a lot from it.


  1. “You can’t please everyone!” – Tonya Holsey
  2. “Learn Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO first. Stay on Manual. Shoot Raw.” – Alfredo Avila
  3. “Don’t Buy the Kit Lens!” – Shari Schoeman
  4. “Don’t be afraid of taking bad pictures.” – John Ireland
  5. “Practice, practice, practice. Art is interpreted individually. But have fun experimenting!” – Jonathan McGill
  6. “Don’t think you need the best camera or equipment. You only need inspiration and a dream” – Julie Williams
  7. “Practice until using the various settings becomes an automatic skill and then relax into the ‘art’ of photography. Lighting is your friend and your enemy, stay on its good side at all times.” – Donna Seen
  8. “Take a film class so you have to learn iso, shutter speed, and aperture really well! Practice, practice, practice! Change your perspective. When looking at other people’s work don’t just think “that’s a cool shot!” Ask yourself WHY you like it and then try to apply that to your own shots.” – Annie Richardson
  9. “A 50mm f/1.8 lens will change your life.” – Enrique Villarreal
  10. “Take your camera with you. Everywhere. “Almost” all the time.” – Mike Smith
  11. “Just because the vintage effect looks “nice,” doesn’t mean you have to use it on every. Single. Picture.” – Kaylene Morgan Pinkham
  12. “Take a picture everday, challenge yourself. Read your manual. Learn your camera settings.” – Lori Granquist Day
  13. “They are not all keepers, and just as a hammer doesn’t build an amazing house a camera doesn’t take an amazing photo. They are tools. Think outside the box.” – Brad Beavers
  14. “You can’t fix everything in Photoshop. Pay attention to the background.” – Beverly Everson
  15. “Don’t show people the bad stuff. Shoot 300, show 1.” – Matthew Rubel
  16. “Just because you love photography, doesn’t mean you have to make it your PROFESSION. If it’s your passion + you are ready to dedicate yourself to the art, never give up and go for it!” – Tiffany Kay
  17. “My Photography teacher always said When you see Action, Turn around. Meaning watch the people who are watching a event happen.” – David Counts
  18. “Find the light, but don’t be afraid of shadows.” – Amber Oman
  19. “Leave your camera at home, walk around for 4 weeks and learn to SEE first. Collect pictures in your head until you really hate, that you don’t have the camera with you.” – Manuel Dorn
  20. “Get inspiration from other photographers work but never copy. Make your photos a reflection of what’s in your heart.” – Céline Allano

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