25 things I have learned about photography in the last three years

As I mentioned in post about coming back, a lot of things have changed in the course of these last three years, not only in my personal life, but also in my photography. All the trials and errors have allowed me to learn a couple of simple things about photography:

  1. A better camera doesn’t mean better photos.
  2. A DSLR is not the ideal camera to carry with you everywhere.
  3. Take time to enjoy your surroundings and not just photograph them.
  4. Composition is key.
  5. Keep the horizon line straight.
  6. Post-processing in Lightroom is an art in itself.
  7. Converting a photo into black and white doesn’t make it necessarily more interesting.
  8. It takes skill to process a photo in black and white.
  9. Prime lenses help develop your creativity.
  10. It’s better to expose for the highlights than the shadows.
  11. Be gentle with HDR.
  12. Photos are more interesting when there’s people in them.
  13. Don’t delete or post your photos immediately after you shoot, take a few days and then go back to review them.
  14. Get familiar with the famous photographers in history and their work.
  15. You don’t have to always blur the background.
  16. Pay attention to light and how it illuminates your subject.
  17. Know your camera.
  18. Shoot for yourself and not for social media.
  19. Before you leave the house make sure your battery is charged and you have your memory card.
  20. A fisheye lens is super fun.
  21. A lens pen is one of the must useful items to carry in your bag.
  22. You’re not going to get superb images everyday.
  23. Check your camera settings when you first pick it up in a new scenario.
  24. Your LCD often lies.
  25. If you’re not having fun it’s not worth it.

Now, I’d like to encourage you to write you own list, post it on your blog and share the link in the comments.


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