1. Buy a camera, or ditch that, just use your phone.
2. Carry the camera with you, always
3. Don’t bag the camera, keep it outside.
4. Don’t be a sniper, get close, get closer.
6. People are not subjects, they are thinking, living beings. Take a genuine and honest interest in them. Same with dogs, and cats.
7. Get rid of the rule of thirds grid on your phone. Better still, forget that you ever heard anything about the rule of thirds.
8. Read, read, read.
9. Don’t read books on composition
10. Read books on what inspires great photographers to shoot great photographs.
11. Be opinionated, and don’t be shy of voicing that opinion in your photographs
12. Have something important or meaningful to convey
13. Know not just how to shoot, but what to shoot.
14. Don’t try to replicate the awesome urban landscape you just saw your friend share on facebook. Well, replicate by all means, but don’t share it on facebook.
15. Travel. Travel. Travel.
16. When you are not traveling, shoot, shoot, shoot.
17. Shoot your apartment — in the kitchen, in the living room, in the bathroom; shoot the bed, shoot the ceiling fan, shoot the WC. There are photographs there.
18. Perfect is boring. Perfect is cliche. Imperfection is priceless.
19. A bad camera will force you to be more creative
20. A low end sensor’s noise and distortion from a cheap lens will not ruin a photo, creativity will make it, and distortions and noise will add to it.
21. Ditch the DSLR, get a mirrorless
22. Ditch the mirrorless, get a P&S
23. Ditch the P&S, just use your phone.
24. When you feel lazy to go out and photograph, don’t go out. Shoot indoors.
25. When you feel lazy to get up early in the morning, don’t get up early in the morning. Shoot at noon.
26. Ditch the zoom, get a prime.
27. Shoot with the prime and no other lens for a month
28. Ask the most intimidating person you see tomorrow if you can shoot him
29. If he refuses, then ask the most intimidating person you see the day after tomorrow
30. Be polite to those who critique your images, and follow their advice. They are doing you a favour.
31. Better still, argue with those who critique your images, if you don’t agree with their views — but be rational in your arguments
32. Better still, just ignore all critique, and grow at your own pace. Ignore all praise too.
33. Let your photographs reflect your mood.
34. Learn how to post-process.
35. Don’t let the camera get in the way of a good photograph.
36. Learn to shoot manual, don’t let it stop you from shooting auto.
37. Don’t compete. Don’t bother about contests and awards. Photography is not a race, it is a medium of expression.
38. React, don’t analyze.
39. React, and analyze.
40. Crop, crop, crop, crop. And learn how to do it right.
41. Print your photographs.
42. Visit photography exhibitions, and see the works of others.
43. Attach more value to the reaction of your non-photographer friends and family than your photographer friends. They know better which images work and which don’t.
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