There are countless famous quotations about photography. Here are some of my personal favorites—the ones I relate to, or aspire to live by. What about you? What are your favorite sayings about photography?
You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper.
—William Albert Allard
Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.
Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.
If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.
What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.
No matter how advanced your camera you still need to be responsible for getting it to the right place at the right time and pointing it in the right direction to get the photo you want.
Once the amateur’s naive approach and humble willingness to learn fades away, the creative spirit of good photography dies with it. Every professional should remain always in his heart an amateur.
Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.
A lot of photographers think that if they buy a better camera they’ll be able to take better photographs. A better camera won’t do a thing for you if you don’t have anything in your head or in your heart.
No matter how sophisticated the camera, the photographer is still the one that makes the picture.
You don’t take a photograph, you make it.
Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.
Photography is the power of observation, not the application of technology.
Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation, or an interpretation of its subject, but actually a trace of it. No painting or drawing, however naturalist, belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does.