100 Things I remember about photography…

I got some wonderful thoughts to remember about photography on internet and I made some correction as per my habits so that I can remember them and implement them to my photography, and today I would like to share the same with all my friends.

  1. Just because someone has an expensive camera doesn’t mean that he/she is a good photographer.
  2. Always shoot in RAW. Always.
  3. Prime lenses help you learn to be a better photographer & teaches you to keep the correct distance.
  4. Photo editing is an art in itself otherwise it’s a poison.
  5. The rule of thirds works 99% of the time.
  6. If you have not lost your lens cap, means you are not involved with the subject while clicking it.
  7. UV filters work just as well as lens caps for me.
  8. Go outside and shoot photos rather than spending hours a day on photography forums.
  9. Capture the beauty in the ordinary rather than rarity and you have a winning photograph.
  10. Film isn’t better than digital.
  11. Digital isn’t better than film.
  12. There is no “magic” camera or lens.
  13. Better lenses don’t give you better sense of composition.
  14. Spend less time looking at other people’s work and more time shooting your own.
  15. Don’t take your DSLR to parties.
  16. Girls dig photographers.
  17. Making your photos b/w doesn’t automatically make them “artistic”.
  18. People will always discredit your work if you tell them you “photoshop” your images. Rather, tell them that you process them in the “digital darkroom”.
  19. You don’t need to take a photo of everything.
  20. Have at least 2 backups of all your images. Like they say in war, two is one, one is none.
  21. Ditch the handstrap and get used with neckstrap.
  22. Get closer when taking your photos in streets, they often turn out better.
  23. Be a part of a scene while taking a photo; not a foreigner .
  24. Taking a photo from ground level often make your photos look more interesting.
  25. Worry less about technical aspects and focus more on compositional aspects of photography.
  26. Tape up any logos on your camera with black gaffers tape- it brings a lot less attention to you.
  27. Always underexpose by 2/3rds of a stop when shooting in broad daylight.
  28. The more photos you take of the same subject, the better things you learn out of it.
  29. Don’t be afraid to take several photos of the same scene at different exposures, angles, or apertures.
  30. Only show your best photos.
  31. A point-and-shoot is still a camera, do not underestimate the power of a common man.
  32. Join meaningful online photography forum rather than 100s of groups on social media.
  33. Giving critics nicely is wisdom, but receiving them nicely is bravery. & We are more wise than brave.
  34. Think before you shoot.
  35. A good photo shouldn’t require explanation (although background information often adds to an image).
  36. Alcohol and photography do not mix well.
  37. Draw inspiration from other photographers but never worship them.
  38. Grain is beautiful, & noise removal is a dangerous task.
  39. Ditch the photo backpack and get a messenger bag. It makes getting your lenses and camera a whole lot easier.
  40. Simplicity is key.
  41. The definition of photography is: “painting with light.” Use light in your favor.
  42. Find your style of photography and stick with it.
  43. Having a second monitor is the best thing ever for photo processing.
  44. Take pictures in color and then convert them into monochrome if you feel so.
  45. Carry your camera with you everywhere. Everywhere.
  46. Never let photography get in the way of enjoying life, take care of your wife as well.
  47. Don’t pamper your camera. Use and abuse it.
  48. There is no philosophy behind good pictures, they are just taken most of the times.
  49. Shoot with confidence, when you are in public or streets.
  50. Photography and coincidence are best friends.
  51. Print out your photos big. They will make you happy.
  52. Give your photos to friends & family.
  53. Give them to strangers and local people who help you during your trips.
  54. Don’t forget to frame them.
  55. Archival printing is amazing though it is costly it will make you feel great.
  56. Go out and take photos with (a) friend(s). One is ideal, two is company & three is crowd.
  57. Join a photo club or start one for yourself.
  58. Taking photos where you don’t know their language is an adventure.
  59. Respect senior photographs, they were pioneers
  60. Candid>Posed.
  61. Natural light is the best light.
  62. 35mm (on full frame) is the best “walk-around” focal length.
  63. Don’t be afraid to bump up your ISO when necessary.
  64. You don’t need to always bring a tripod with you everywhere you go
  65. It is always better to underexpose than overexpose.
  66. Shooting photos of homeless people in an attempt to be “artsy” is exploitation.
  67. You will find the best photo opportunities in the least likely situations.
  68. Photos are always more interesting with the human element included.
  69. You can’t “Photoshop” bad images into good ones.
  70. Nowadays everybody is a photographer.
  71. You don’t need to fly to Africa to get good photos; the best photo opportunities are in your backyard.
  72. Watermark is called ‘Watermark’ because it has to be unclear or smudged or less obvious.
  73. Cameras as tools, not toys.
  74. In terms of composition, photography and painting aren’t much different.
  75. Photography isn’t a hobby- it’s a lifestyle.
  76. Make photos, not excuses.
  77. Be original & honest in your photography, viewers are smart too.
  78. The best photographs tell stories that begs the viewer for more.
  79. Any cameras but black ones draw too much attention.
  80. The more gear you carry around with you the less you will enjoy photography.
  81. Good self-portraits are harder to take than they seem.
  82. Laughter always draws out peoples’ true character in a photograph.
  83. Don’t look suspicious when taking photos- blend in with the environment.
  84. Landscape photography can become dull after a while if you travel less.
  85. Have fun while taking photos, wish-list often disappoints you.
  86. Never delete any of your photos except blurs and repeated ones.
  87. Be respectful when taking photos of people or places.
  88. When taking candid photos of people in the street, it is easier to use a wide-angle than a telephoto lens.
  89. Travel and photography are the perfect pair.
  90. Learn how to read a histogram.
  91. A noisy photo is better than a blurry one.
  92. Don’t be afraid to take photos in the rain.
  93. Learn how to enjoy the moment, rather than relentlessly trying to capture the perfect picture of it.
  94. Never take photos on an empty stomach.
  95. You will discover a lot about yourself through your photography.
  96. Never store your photographic insight- share it with the world.
  97. Never stop taking photos, because you are capturing the history for the future.
  98. Photography is more than simply taking photos, it is an idea of life.
  99. Since how long you haven’t seen you camera manual! Believe me, its useful most of the times.
  100. Most photographers are ‘Vivekanand’ they never note down the points to remember.