Here are my personal do’s and don’ts of photography, how similar or different are yours They have been built up over the last 8 years of my photographic journey.
- Trust in what you feel and see.
- Follow your heart.
- Be honest with yourself.
- Have fun and enjoy your journey, yes at times it will be frustrating but you need that.
- Invest in the lens(es) first and foremost.
- Talk to fellow photographers and share your stories but most importantly listen to theirs.
- Respect other people’s photography; it is their journey after all.
- Spend time looking back at your previous work you may find it inspirational.
- Remember that it is the person behind the camera that makes the difference not camera.
- Respect your subject.
- Make sure you have at least two copies of your image files as a minimum.
- Make sure you work on a copy of your image file if you are not using a “non destructive” editing programmes like Adobe Ligthroom or Photoshop.
- Let technology drive your photographic journey.
- Forget it is a journey, how long or short is up to you.
- Be afraid of taking inspiration from other photographers work.
- Be afraid to ask for help and advice no matter how experienced you are, you never stop learning.
- Tell a fellow photographer what they can or cannot do, unless you are the subject then be polite.
- Be a gear snob, it’s so unflattering, take pride in it yes.
- Don’t be afraid to try something new as you may find yourself on an even more exciting path in your journey.
- Saying I can’t, I am not good enough, there is no such thing the only limit is your imagination.
- Don’t be afraid to comment (politely and constructively) on other peoples work, if they take offense they should not be displaying it the first place.
Until next time take care.