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20 Great Quotes To Inspire You To Be a Better Photographer

Here are 20 Great Quotes to help inspire you to become a better photographer. The quotes below have really helped me with my own photography.

If there’s a particular one (or more) that “clicks” with you and find inspiring – write it down and/or bookmark this page and read it daily.

Doing little things like this makes all the difference in becoming a better photographer.

Quote #1

“The only real secret to inspiration consists not in seeking new locations, but in having new eyes.”

"The only real secret to inspiration consists not in seeking new locations, but in having new eyes."

Quote #2

“Forget about all the reasons why something may not work. You only need one good reason, why it will”

"Forget about all the reasons why something may not work. You only need one good reason, why it will"

Quote #3

“Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect”

Quote #4

“Life is like a snowglobe, often it’s prettiest AFTER it’s been turned upside-down.”

Quote #5

“There is no top. There are always further heights to reach.”

"There is no top. There are always further heights to reach."

Quote #6

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."

Quote #7

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Quote #8

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

Quote #9

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

"Inspiration exists but it has to find you working"

Quote #10

“The most important thing is that you believe in yourself and keep on going,”

"The most important thing is that you believe in yourself and keep on going"

Quote #11

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

Quote #12

“Go and do the things you can’t. That is how you get to do them.”

Quote #13

“I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings “

"I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. i simply follow my own feelings"

Quote #14

“Excellences is the commitment to completion “

"Excellences is the commitment to completion"

Quote #15

“To be able to find beauty in small things makes it possible for you to find beauty in everything”

 

"To be able to find beauty in small things makes it possible for you to find beauty in everything"

Quote #16

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Quote #17

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”

Quote #18

“Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.”

"Art is not a handcraft it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced."

Quote #19

“The difference between something good and some great is the attention to detail”

Quote #20

“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”

"No person has the right to rain on your dreams"

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3 Things You Should Never Do With Your Photography

 

1. Never Forget to Import Photographs

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If you don’t always import your photographs to your computer, it’s probably because you’re either not satisfied with them, you might be upset because they haven’t turned out how you planned, or you simply just forgot to import them.

Whatever the reason is, it’s something you should never not do, because you won’t always know if you have some “good” photographs on your camera, until you look at them on your computer close-up.

But even if you’re right, and you haven’t got anything that is worth saving, it’s important to look at them to figure out what didn’t look right, so you can improve next time.

In our HOW TO: 365 Photography Project eBook one of the many things we teach you is our Fast and EFFECTIVE Workflow Techniques, which will help you quickly filter through your photographs so importing and processing them doesn’t take up too much time.

2. Never Compare Yourself To Other Photographers

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It can be very easy to compare yourself to other photographers and feel like your photography isn’t good enough – especially if you’re new to photography.

Never, ever do this because it won’t help you become a better photographer, in fact it will only make you feel deflated. Instead of comparing yourself and your work to others, get inspired by them!

Look at the photographs that you love and work out how you can implement those qualities and turn them into your own style… for example, if you love a photographers composition techniques, learn from them.

See what’s good about their composition and then you’ll be able to learn and improve further. Your photography will never end up looking the same, but sometimes looking at other photographers work can inspire you to find your own unique style.

This way you’re turning a negative feeling into a positive one, by learning from them instead of just comparing your work to others in a negative way.

3. Never Take Long Breaks

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Another thing to avoid is taking long breaks with your photography. It’s important to keep it ticking along in order to continue learning and stay inspired, the longer you leave your camera in a cupboard untouched, the harder it will be to pick it up.

Some people don’t pick up their camera because they’re waiting for the perfect weather conditions… but you don’t need always need sun, or golden hour light to take beautiful photographs.

The second reason some people wait too long is because they’re waiting for inspiration. Do not wait for inspiration. Inspiration finds you working – the best way to get inspired is to start taking photographs, or create a list of ideas. I know from experience that this makes a huge, huge difference!

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11 Things I Wish I Knew About Photography When I First Started

I am often asked what I wish I knew in the beginning when I first started photography, i. e. if I were to go back in time and tell myself what I know now, what would it be?

I couldn’t answer this straight away, I had to give it some time and after a lot of  thought I have come up with a list of the 11 Things I wish I knew About Photography When I Frist Started.

So here it is!

1. Use manual mode

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Although it might seem harder to use Manual on your DSLR, it’s actually much easier being in control of your settings and by doing this you willl cut out a lot of the “bad photographs”, so don’t use anything but manual – it makes photography so much easier.

 

2. Delete bad photographs 

This might seem obvious, but you really must let go of bad photographs, don’t hold onto them, you will never need those bad photographs.

All that happens is, they take up space on your laptop so much so, that you have to have a big clear out. Which takes up a LOT of time and it won’t help you be a better photographer.

 

3. What to look for in a correctly exposed photograph.

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In the beginning I found exposing my photographs correctly very difficult, as when I would look at the photographs on my camera, I would think they were exposed correctly, just to find that they were underexposed when I looked at them on my laptop.

I realised at the time I was looking at them fleetingly and therefore didn’t notice there was too many “blacks” in the photograph. Generally, they looked too dark! 

However, if your photographs are turning out to be overexposed then try to see if the “whites” in the photograph look blown out. Once you recegonise these signs then you can beign to fix them and start exposing your photographs correctly every time.

4. What settings to use to create beautiful photographs 

It’s vital to have the right settings on your camera so you can create beautiful, dreamy, unique photographs you will feel proud of.

In the beginning it can seem quite difficult to learn everything about your camera, as people make it so technicial… when it’s actually very simple if it’s explanined in “English”, rather than all this technicial jargon! That is why we have made easy to understand ebooks – we literally tell you what settings to use – when, why, and how. 

So you can improve and learn much faster.

 

5. Key points for good composition

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I used to find it tricky knowing which was the “right” composition, I could never decide what was a good composition.

If the composition is bad, it can affect the whole photograph and part of making a photograph look beautiful is drawing the viewer into the photograph. i. e. good composition. So I had a lot of “trial and error”, learning to see what wasn’t good and correcting it next time I took photographs. 

 

6. Keep things short and sweet

I definitely wish I knew this when I first started photography, it’s so easy to drag each photoshoot out for too long and then feel deflated afterwards if I didn’t get the photograph I had in mind.

The best thing to do is to keep photoshoots “short and sweet” – try 20 minutes maximum, even if you don’t come back with the ideal shot, at least you won’t be exhausted, and then put off going out again. 

7. Start with a clear picture in your mind

Instead of going out with your camera and hoping you’re going to come back with some good photographs, you need to try and have a plan in mind BEFORE you go out. It doesn’t matter if the plan changes, but starting with a plan usually makes all the difference. 

 

8. How to process photographs

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I wish I could have known what ugly processing was and what good processing was… as now when I look back at my older photographs, I think “what was I thinking?!” I processed them with way too much vignette, blacks, desaturated, too dark etc… 

Each photograph was so different and I didn’t know how to process and flatter the colours in each photograph.

So if I could give you just 1 tip… I would say, use Lightroom Presets. These cut out the confusion, the time, and you’ll skip that ugly processing phase!

We have a range of different Lightroom Presets to suit your photographs and help YOU speed up your learning curve. 

9. Ignore The Critics

If you’re uploading photographs online, be prepared you may received bad feedback – this may come from friends, family or strangers. 

Whether they are right or not, it’s irrelevant. It’s important to realize that you are already trying to improve.

So bad feedback is actually not helpful, even if it appears to be, or is presented in a way as to be “helpful” – which is usually hardest form of criticism to ignore because of the way it is presented… 

But don’t be fooled by the “helpful” approach.

If you are receiving this feedback publicly, like on a Facebook page, then delete it. Don’t even question it.

Make it your policy to delete / hide the comment. 

There are many different ways to deal with bad feedback, such as ignoring it, answering, deleting etc, and I have done all of them. I have found the best method is deletion – as this leaves me to get on with my own goal, and continue to grow as a photographer.

If you spend time thinking about the criticism, and battling with it, you’re missing out on the time you could spend imporving yourself and your photography. 

10. How to know when you’ve got the photograph

I’ve had this feeling a lot of times, in the past I would never know if I had “the” photograph, I would keep asking myself; “have I got it?” or “should I keep taking more photographs?”

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If I was to go and back and tell myself then, what I know now… I would tell myself that it doesn’t matter if you haven’t got it, I’m just learning. So what if it’s not perfect?

So don’t worry if you come back without an amazing photograph – you will get there. It is a process!

11. Less is more

When you photograph food or still life, don’t make it look too messy by overcrowding the photograph – often it’s best to keep the photograph a little on the simple side. 

 

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