11 Random Thoughts From an Amateur Photographer

  1. You can’t be oversensitive about your work, especially if you’re just starting out. It’s ok to embrace the memories and feelings you felt when you took the photographs but along with that should come the confidence to share them regardless if they’re praised or criticized.
  2. Stop glorifying every single new camera that’s released. That can only lead you to think less of your current setup and potentially hinder you from producing something valuable with it.
  3. You don’t have to know every single aspect of photography to be good at it but you at least need to know how to manipulate your camera to get the results you want.
  4. Just because you’re a photographer doesn’t mean every conversation has to revolve around the subject. Photography might be what you pursue but having a life outside of it is what ultimately serves as an inspiration for what you do with the camera. Ever heard the saying “if you want to produce interesting photos, you have to first become an interesting person?
  5. Don’t take offense to people attributing your photographic talent based on the camera you own because it will happen at one point. Let them spend as much as you did on all the gear you own and they’ll eventually come back asking “how come my photos don’t look like yours?”
  6. If you don’t feel that strong tug inside of you when days go by without photographing, it might be an indication that you’re not as obsessed with the craft as you thought were. Being a photographer is like being a smoker. They can’t go a day without that high, let alone think about how much they miss it when they haven’t touch either the camera or a cigarette.
  7. As with anything else, practice makes perfect but opting to read a photography book rather than going out to shoot is nothing to feel guilty about. Ultimately what gets you to take intriguing photographs is the manner in which you think and approach situations and not necessarily the tool you use to capture them. Reading gets your mind thinking differently.
  8. If you’re “friends” with local photographers online, why continue to admire them from afar? I’ve reached out to several photographers in the past, some of which have been more the willing to meet up in one of the many quaint coffee shops we have in Brooklyn. There’s no such thing as strangers, just people who we haven’t met yet and how much easier could the encounter be knowing that you both already share a passion.
  9. Being a good writer is not a prerequisite for being a decent photographer but it certainly helps tremendously if you have a equal enthusiasm for both. I don’t consider myself a terrific writer but writing for this site has certainly enabled me to better articulate my thoughts both on paper, when socializing and to a certain extent, while photographing.
  10. Realize that not everyone is going to feel strongly about the fundamentals of photography as you do but the most you can hope is for people to start evaluating their own work after having seen yours.
  11. If you can’t produce work that you’re proud of at home, what makes you think you’ll be able to do it abroad?