Time to post this again.

Inspiration, Reader Smackdown, Teaching point

(The original post is here:  Photography truths/rules I’ve learned over the years.)

Photography truths/rules I’ve learned over the years.

  1. The 35mm format is the ideal format for recording Life’s Little Moments.
  2. Rangefinders are the ideal camera platform for recording Life’s Little Moments.
  3. Photography is the art of exclusion (painting is the art of inclusion).
  4. Newer generation lenses perform better optically than old classics.
  5. Buy the gear you really want.  Do that once.
  6. The bond between you and your camera is more important than what the spec sheet suggests.
  7. When it comes to cameras and lenses, less is more.
  8. Internet photography fora, beyond the first year of participation, are generally a waste of time.
  9. You only get better with practice.
  10. CCD rules; Film rules CCD…  both are dying.
  11. Use prime lenses.  They lead to better photographs.
  12. Robert Capa was correct: “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.
  13. To increase your chances of success, shoot in Manual mode.
  14. Focus with manual lenses.  This too will increase your chances of success.
  15. The Rule of Thirds is a pretty good rule.
  16. One good idea is better than 100 frames per second.
  17. Have a healthy respect for those making a living via photography.  It’s difficult to do.
  18. Record video of your loved ones as well… you’ll regret it if you don’t.
  19. Photography is the most democratic form of art… all of us are capable of creating a masterpiece.
  20. Never bet against Leica.


2 thoughts on “Time to post this again.

  1. I should never comment on these things, but, well…can we talk about #5? 😉

    Oh, and while I understand about not betting against Leica, I wonder if anyone has seen odds on who’ll own them this time next year…who knows, maybe Zeiss will be more reasonable about CCD.

    And lastly, I’d like a recount on #14 as related to old guys whose eyes sucked when they were young and have only gotten worse and are not shooting landscapes on a tripod with all day to fiddle… not that I’m speaking from personal experience or anything… 😦

    PS. Sorry, I originally put this on the linked post…like I said, old.

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