A distillation of everything I’ve learned about photography:
100 PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS BY ERIC KIM
1. Don’t compare your photos to anybody else (but yourself)
2. When in doubt, take a step closer.
4. Shoot from the gut in the streets; edit with your brain at home.
5. Only make photos from .7 meters for a week
6. Don’t upload your photos the same day you make them
8. Influence the scenes you photograph
9. Don’t crop your photos for a year to improve framing
11. Make photos to please yourself; not others
12. Start off with a black background
13. When making a portrait, tell your subject not to smile.
15. Make photos in “P” (program) mode
16. Only shoot with your smartphone for a week.
18. Don’t shoot what it looks like; photograph how it feels like.
19. Stick with 1 camera, 1 lens for a year.
20. Photograph your morning routine for a day.
21. Don’t delete photos when you’re making photos on the street.
22. A photograph without emotion is dead.
23. I take 1,000 bad photos to make 1 good photo.
24. When in doubt, click the shutter.
25. To add depth to your photos, focus to 5 meters and add a foreground element.
26. To be stealth in the streets, don’t make eye contact.
27. The best photographers are the best liars.
28. Find inspiration from the masters, but eventually kill them.
29. Create your own rules in photography.
30. Only photograph what you’re curious about.
31. Don’t explain your photos.
32. Open-ended photos are more interesting to look at (they tell better stories).
33. Don’t call them “my” photos; call them “the” photos.
35. Don’t hesitate before hitting the shutter.
36. Copy the style of a master photographer for a week.
37. Make better photos today than you did a year ago.
39. Photograph your subject in harsh light and -1 exposure compensation
40. Pursue 1 personal photography project this year.
41. Allow yourself to take shitty photos
42. Follow the light
43. Photograph life and death.
44. No photographs are objective; all subjective.
45. Make photos that disturb your viewer.
46. Photograph someone laughing
47. Photograph the ocean.
48. Make a nice photo of a tree.
50. Upload 1 photo everyday for a year.
51. To make better photos; strip away the superfluous
52. Make a photo in a hotel lobby.
53. Only call yourself an ‘amateur’ photographer
54. Make a photograph lying on your back.
55. Ask your subject to look different directions with their eyes.
56. Only shoot what is personal to you.
57. Shoot street photographs that scare you.
58. Print your favorite 20 photos as 4×6 prints.
59. Take a photograph in an elevator.
60. Make an artistic photo of your breakfast.
61. Only upload your personal favorite photos.
62. Only photograph hands for a week.
63. Look up.
64. Photograph emotions in buildings.
66. Make at least 1 photograph everyday.
67. Shoot all your photos with a flash for a week.
68. Shoot more silhouettes.
70. Only shoot the color red for a day.
72. Print a photo- book with blurb.com
73. Buy 1 new photo book once a month.
74. Only shoot monochrome for a year.
75. Ask yourself: “Why do I photograph?”
76. Shoot only 35mm film for 1 month.
77. Photograph someone in front of an interesting advertisement.
78. Only aim to make 1 good photo once a month.
80. Only shoot square-format photos for a month.
81. Editing tip: When in doubt, ditch.
82. Post-process your photos like seasoning your food.
83. Don’t take photos; make photos.
84. Editing tip: Would you ‘like’ your photo if someone else shot it?
85. Photograph a shadow on your subject’s face.
86. Photograph diagonals for a day.
87. Put two photographs together (diptych)
88. Make at least 10 photos of each scene you find interesting.
90. Find inspiration for photography in Renaissance painting (Leonardo da Vinci).
91. Don’t count your likes or follower numbers.
92. Think decades; not years in your photography.
93. Have your subject make your portrait.
94. Don’t share boring photos.
95. Take photos for 5 minutes everyday during your lunch break.
96. Don’t call yourself a photographer; call yourself a curious person.
98. Shoot with all your heart and soul.
99. Make a photo-album for your familly.
100. Make your own list of 100 photography tips.
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