Essdras’ Tidbits of Photographic Wisdom
- Keep shooting – keep moving – keep adjusting.
- Content will always rule
- Do on to others
- A cliché is not a cliché until you get it out of your system. Shoot the cliché and then move on to the good stuff.
- Don’t walk away from a situation you are photographing until you have explored every angle – every variation – every possibility.
- Do not forget to turn around.
- Approach every shoot as if it were the last time you get to photograph that subject matter.
- Find a spot where you can set up to stake out, get set and frame the shot and, then, wait for the key elements to walk into the frame.
- Think about the flick of the wrist and the follow through action required for success in most sports – photography is not any different – if you do not wait for that “flick of the wrist” moment and then follow through the opportunity will be gone forever.
- If you walk into a place and you bring your camera to your eye, without giving it much thought, there is a very good chance your photo will be pedestrian and that no one will pay attention to it.
The “WOW” Photo
- Everything has pretty much already been photographed. It is up to you to show the thing anew.
- There is a hierarchy within the elements that makes a photo a great photo. And within the hierarchy moments are kings.
- Your goal with your photos should be that of grabbing the viewer’s attention just a little bit longer than that any other of the other hundreds or thousands of images with which they get bombarded everyday.
- The best thing that can happen to a photographer is to be ignored by his subjects, for it is then is when they get to catch a glimpse of they truly are.
- The goal of a portrait is to capture a bit of the true essence of your subject.
- Photography not only allows you to appreciate where you go, but where you are.
- I’m only as good as photographer as I am because I have ruined hundreds of thousands of frames and I’ve learned from those mistakes.
- At the beginning we click and click and don’t think much about it. As we learn more, we should think and think and then click.
- If you don’t take the time to think before you click that shutter. It is very likely you’d end up recreating a boring facsimile of reality.
- If you click without thinking you are basically just ‘blinking’ with your camera. You’ve just simply copied what your eyes can see without putting much thought into your shot.
- As photographers we are slaves to light. Our goal should be that of becoming masters of light.
- When it comes to photography you must learn to respect your own work before you should expect others to respect it.
- The worst thing that can happen to a photographer is to have their work ignored.
On being a photojournalist: Never forget for you it might be just another assignment but for them– your photographic subjects–it might be the most important moment in their lives.