A list of stuff I wish I knew if I started photography all over again, at age 18.
This is your 29 year old self, writing to your 18 year old self. Mom just bought you a Canon point-and-shoot, SD 600. You will love it.
The next 11 years, you will experience a lot of bullshit and false information on the internet about photography. I am going to drop some bombs of wisdom on you:
1. Megapixels don’t matter
Disregard the megapixel myth. More megapixels doesn’t equate to better photos. If anything; more megapixels, more problems. The bigger your megapixels, the harder to backup your photos, and to upload and share them with others.
More megapixels doesn’t equate better image quality. It is all about the sensor.
You can have a camera with fewer megapixels, with better image quality.
And don’t even care about the sensor too much. Funny enough, 10 years from now, nobody will even care about DSLR’s that much anymore. There will be this thing called a ‘smartphone’ which will probably be the easiest way to document, photograph, and capture your life.
2. Don’t be distracted by social media
You’re going to (one day) become famous for being a blogger. You will think social media is what is going to help you build your name. Not really. Most people will discover you through Google search, or from your YouTube videos.
So don’t get caught up in the treadmill for getting more likes. It is like money; you can never have too much of it.
And caring too much about likes is going to cause you frustration, anxiety, and despair. Because no matter how many likes you have, you will never have enough to satisfy your hunger.
3. Photograph your loved ones
Don’t care about traveling and seeing the world. Rather, photograph your loved ones, and document them faithfully.
You’re going to regret that during your time in college, you didn’t take enough photos of your precious memories, at school, at church, or of your friends or loved ones. You are going to be too focused on making ‘artistic’ photos— not meaningful photos.
So photograph with your heart and soul. Photograph your loved ones like it is their last. Because in a few years, your grandfather is going to pass away. And one day, your mom is gonna pass away too.
So don’t waste your time. Photograph your loved ones immediately.
You’re on the right path. Have faith in yourself. Care less about traveling, and more about documenting your own personal experiences, and your local community.
Don’t get caught up in the hype of DSLR’s and Leica’s. You will waste a lot of time, effort, and money.
Instead, relish that little point and shoot. Always keep it in your front pocket, and don’t think too much. Make photos and have fun. And make your soul sing through your photos.
Personal favorite photos
These will be become some of your personal favorite photos:
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For a primer to personal photography, read the book: “The Personal Photography Manual”
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- How to Photograph Self-Portraits of Yourself
- What Legacy Do You Want to Leave as a Photographer?
- Love Who You Photograph and Photograph Who You Love
- The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Personal Photography
- The “Personal Photography” Manifesto
- How to Find Your Style in Photography
- On Photographing Your Loved Ones
- Living is More Important than Photographing
- What is Your Personal Photography Philosophy?
- I Photograph Not For the Many, But For You
- Photograph What You Feel, and Feel What You Photograph
- Stay True To Your Own Style
- Do You See Yourself in Your Own Photos?
- Shoot For the Few, Not the Many
- Marvel at Nobody But Yourself
- How to Avoid Mediocrity in Your Personal Photography
- Be Your Own Harshest Critic
- How to Come Up With a Personal Photography Project Idea
- A Photographer’s Search For Meaning
- Nobody Wants to Look at Your Photos
- The Beauty of Being a Beginner Photographer
- Shoot different.
- Shoot What You Like
- What I Learned Photographing My Own Wedding
- How to Find Your Passion in Photography
- Find out What to Photograph, Not How
- Why Do You Take Photos?
- Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
- Do You Like Your Own Photos?
- Simple Contentment
- The Cindy Project
- The Things That Matter Most
- The Point Isn’t to Be a Good Photographer, But to Enjoy Life
- How to Make More Interesting Photos
- Social Media 4.0
- Express Yourself
- Why Backup Your Photos?
- How to Overcome Disappointment in Your Photography
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