Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The collection of Popular Photography quotations by anonymous for the beginners



It’s the collection of the popular quotes on photography for the beginners.
A good quote can sometimes act as a spark for inspiration.

 Read this post devoted to the popular photography quotes to find your favorites. If you wish you can add them to your own collection.


“Photography was once described as painting with light”.
The word “photography” was created from the Greek word, the etymological meaning of which is “drawing with light”.

“The only “bad light” is the absence of light altogether”.
You need to know the technique basics (such as how to change ISO settings on a camera or to use a flash).

“Success is what happens when 10,000 hours of preparation meet with one moment of opportunity”.
Surely you heard that a key to success is to be in the right place at the right time.   Does it mean that all you need to receive a great photograph is to appear in the right place at the right time? Imagine that being in the right place at the right time you… forgot to load your camera/to charge the camera battery/to uncap the lens… Even masters have a bad luck sometimes, you should remember that good opportunity will come if you’re patient.

“It's not the camera, but who's behind the camera”.
You must think not about new gear, but about your own skills, your knowledge and imagination.

“The camera cannot lie, but it cannot help being selective”.
The camera cannot help being selective thanks to the photographer because only he/she creates the image.

“When people ask me what equipment I use – I tell them my eyes”.
You need not only to look at your photography subjects; you need to see them, it would mean to understand them.

“I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it. And by seeing we also begin to understand ourselves”.  
Surely we begin to understand ourselves better when we begin to understand world better.

“Photography is a way to tell others how you feel about what you see”.   
As we know already that it’s not a camera but who’s behind the camera, we understand that a photographer conveys his feelings with his photography.

“I find the still image more powerful than the moving picture, because it leaves me alone for a moment with my thoughts”.
It’s wonderful when a viewer stands still watching your photograph, when he/she wants to enjoy and to think about the image which you created.

“In photography, the biggest difference between an amateur and a professional is... the size of the wastebasket”.
Don’t be in a hurry to share your photos. Choose your best photos you took during the day, delete those that are unsuitable.

“If you buy a flute, you own a flute. So why is it that when you buy a camera, you're a photographer?”
Please remember that the Kodak camera slogan “You Press the Button, We Do the Rest” was the slogan for the advertising campaign. Photographers need to learn about composition, lighting, posing, creativity and other photographic foundations.

“Buying a Nikon doesn’t make you a photographer. It makes you a Nikon owner”.
We understand that it could be not only Nikon but Canon, Leica, Pentax, Samsung, Casio…

“A picture is worth a thousand words”.
Photography depicts an idea/a message in the form of photographs. So you need to have the idea which you want to convey.

“I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn't that good”.
You should ask yourself why you are taking the picture. Maybe you want to remember the moment or you noticed a beautiful image, you want to capture an emotion or you want to tell a story. Do not take pictures till you have your answer and you wouldn’t have to explain them.

“Photography is one of the most universal languages around, and you do not have to say a word”.
Every photograph tells a story. Every viewer understands this story thanks to his/her life experience, standard of culture. So you must understand what story you want to tell by your photography.  

“Good photography speaks through silence”.  
You need not to explain your photography if it’s a good one.

“Pictures hold life's experiences. And I feel that with every experience you learn something. Therefore, you learn something with every picture you take”.
With every picture you take you learn patience, the power of observation, self-restrain, self-mastery, the art of self-expression.

“A photographer does not operate a camera in order to merely take pictures. Photographic work is always personal. A photograph reveals the photographer”.
It’s difficult (if it’s even possible) to be a master in all genres (photojournalism, portrait, fashion, wedding, nature…), in all styles (black and white, motion-blur, high-speed…), with endless number of photography subjects. You need to choose your genre and style of photography. It’s impossible to take great photographs without all your passion. Your pictures would reveal you, because they can demonstrate what you love, what you hate, what you are afraid of.

“The type of photographs you make, the subjects you single out, reveal the person inside of you. How close you get to your subjects reveals how close you want to get”.
Your pictures would reveal you, demonstrating your passion or your abhorrence for the subject of photography.

“Everything I take a picture of, I try to think of it as a new invention for someone to see. If it comes out perfect it is because I put my heart into it. And if the viewer likes it, it is because his or her heart and emotions accepted it”.   
It’s impossible to take a great picture without putting your love into your image. And for a viewer it’s impossible not to accept your own feelings.

“You do not think of your feet when you walk. Likewise, become so accustomed to your camera that its function becomes an extension of yourself”.
Yes, you surely need to know your camera to understand how it works without thinking about it when you are taking photos.

“Never take photographic advice from someone who tells you that there is only one way to do something”.  
Being art, photography has its own rules which you must know. Masters, knowing the rules, break them from time to time.

“One photo out of focus is a mistake, ten photos out of focus are an experimentation, one hundred photo out of focus are a style”.
You can break basic rules only when you know them and you can explain why you break them.

Funny quotations:

“Some of us cynics say that “the quickest way to make a million dollars in photography, is to start with two million dollars”.

“Some of us cynics say that “the quickest way to make money in photography, is to sell your camera”.

“I can't sing, I can't paint and I can't write how I feel, so all I have left is photography to express myself”.

“What do you do for a living? “I shoot people”.

“Every time someone tells me how sharp my photos are, I assume that it isn't a very interesting photograph. If it was, they would have more to say”.

“Rookie seeks sharper image.
Pro seeks to make money.
Artist seeks light”.

“Good better best never let it rest till your good is your better and your better is your best”.

“A definition of a professional photographer: A “pro” NEVER shows anybody the mistakes”.

“Every time someone tells me how sharp my photos are, I assume that it isn't a very interesting photograph. If it was, they would have more to say”.

“Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don’t work out, just take another shot”.



“You can give everything to photography but photography will give you only one thing – happiness.” (Anonymous)

What quotes did we miss? Which one was your favorite? Please leave a comment below.