What's the best, single, photo tip you've ever received.

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Speedliner, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Mine is easy. A photographer said "zoom in and when you think you've zoomed in enough, zoom in some more".

    Doesn't apply to everything of course, but it opened a youngster's eyes some.
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  2. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 1, 2010
    Hard to say over the years, but a seminar a couple of years ago I got: "When you've got a good idea, work it."
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  3. Mike Wingate

    Mike Wingate Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 21, 2017
    Mike Wingate
    Get as close as possible to the subject.
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  4. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    "don't quit your day job"
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  5. clk55pete

    clk55pete Mu-43 Rookie

    Nov 9, 2010
    Always carry a camera
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  6. gpburdell

    gpburdell Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 16, 2014
    Put the camera down and first visualize the image you want to create, being unafraid to move around exploring different perspectives. Only then do you lift the camera back to your eye and release the shutter.
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  7. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    "Get off the internet and go take some pictures!"

    Can't say I've been following it well lately....
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  8. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    Don't believe anything you read on photo forums :crying:

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  9. Mike Wingate

    Mike Wingate Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 21, 2017
    Mike Wingate
    The best camera is the camera you are carrying.
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  10. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    you're a lucky man. I've always found that the best camera is always the next one headed to my mailbox.
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  11. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
    "It's all about the 100% crop, pencil thin DOF, and no noise at all."

    - nobody, ever*

    * Well, except on the cyber
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  12. TheMenWhoDrawSheeps

    TheMenWhoDrawSheeps Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 15, 2016
    the quality comes from the lens - there are lenses called primes, you should try one of those.
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  13. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    Crop until story comes into focus
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  14. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    It's not the camera....ever
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  15. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    The best camera is always the ones dreamed up on the rumor sites
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  16. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    The Bassman
    Get closer.
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  17. RichDesmond

    RichDesmond Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 18, 2011
    "Between thought and expression lies a lifetime."

    Lou Reed, from the Velvet Underground song "Some Kinds of Love"
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  18. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    I forget who it was that said if your pictures weren't good you weren't close enough but I now wonder what that person was talking about.

    There was a time when I was intrigued by Henri Cartier-Bresson's concept of "the decisive moment" and like everyone I had seen comment on that idea, I interpreted it in terms of timing your shot to capture just the right moment of the action. Then I read a comment by someone who pointed out that Cartier-Bresson was originally a painter and sketcher and that he was talking about the moment when the people in the frame got to the positions where the composition was right, and that that moment may not be the moment when the action was at its best point. That started me looking at his photos in a slightly different light, and looking at what I was doing in a slightly different light (Note: I like Cartier-Bresson's photos but I tend to shoot landscapes and scenes rather than people so I wasn't trying to copy him).

    I now think that "close enough" may also refer to things other than just physical distance, like getting emotionally close to your subject and trying to capture more of the mood or feel of what you're photographing or how you feel about your subject. You may not be physically close enough and you may need to move closer, but if you're not connected closely enough to your subject in other ways you just end up producing snapshots which don't carry any sense of feeling.

    Getting closer is great advice but there's more than one way to get closer. Photograph what you care about and try to get your photos to show how and why you care.

    The best tips have layers of meaning.
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  19. DaveEP

    DaveEP Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 20, 2014
    York, UK
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  20. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Most of the published quotes from Ernst Haas, but this one in particular:

    “The camera doesn’t make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE.” – Ernst Haas​

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