100 Things I Have learned From Photography

I am not at the top. I’m not even skating the middle, but I have been doing this photography thing for a while, and there are some things I’ve learned along the way that I thought I would put out to the universe. These lessons have made me richer. Hope that will inspire you on your journey with the camera.


  1. Always stay calm
  2.  It takes time to become a good photographer
  3. Set goals you can achieve
  4. Be pleased with little success
  5. The best equipment is that what you have now
  6. Always shoot in RAW. Always.
  7. Write tips about photography, because writing is also learning
  8.  Enjoy what you are shooting.
  9. Photography is never a waste of time.
  10.  Perspective is the killer.
  11. Always take one warm garment more than you actually need with you
  12.  Build relationships with potential photo buddies
  13. Take part in a photography community
  14. Spend less time looking at other people’s work and more time shooting your own.
  15. There is no “magic” camera or lens.
  16. Being a photographer is smart
  17.  Dedicate yourself to photography, but never browbeat yourself too much
  18. Get closer when taking your photos, they often turn out better.
  19. Only show your best photos.
  20. Join an online photography forum.
  21. Simplicity is key.
  22. The definition of photography is: “painting with light.” Use light in your favor.
  23. Find your style of photography and stick with it.
  24.  Break the rules of photography knowingly, but not your camera
  25. The rule of thirds works 99% of the time.
  26. The film isn’t better than digital
  27. Pay attention to the different way that light falls in different parts of your scene
  28. The eye moves to the point of contrast
  29. Clouds increase the atmosphere of a landscape
  30.  Start a photo blog.
  31. Critique the works of others.
  32. Think before you shoot.
  33. Accept praise and say “thank you”
  34.  Never compare yourself to others in a better or worse context
  35. Try to compose more and to hit the shutterless
  36. Do something different to recover creativity
  37. Cameras as tools, not toys.
  38. In terms of composition, photography and painting aren’t much different.
  39. Photography isn’t a hobby- it’s a lifestyle.
  40. Make photos, not excuses.
  41. Be original in your photography. Don’t try to copy the style of others.
  42. Don’t be afraid to take photos in the rain.
  43. A noisy photo is better than a blurry one.
  44. Learn how to read a histogram.
  45. Never delete any of your photos
  46. Have fun while taking photos.
  47. Landscape photography can become dull after a while.
  48.  No image is better than a bad one
  49. Everyone has to start little
  50.  Do a review of your archives on a regular basis, the longer you photograph – the more diamonds are hidden there.
  51. Ask a question at the end of your comment on a photo to get a ping-pong
  52. You are not your camera
  53. Believe in yourself
  54.  Don’t be afraid of getting dirty
  55. Pay attention to quality in your image
  56.  Your photographs are a personal map of your psyche
  57. Re-check your ISO-Settings. It’s awful to detect the wrong settings on your screen.
  58. Be thankful for long and thoughtful comments on your images
  59.  Never trust your LCD. Normally it is brighter and sharper as the original image.
  60.  Provide for enough disc space, because it’s cheap and you will need it.
  61. Learn to enjoy beautiful moments when you don’t have a camera with you.
  62. Always arrive at least half an hour earlier before sunrise/sundown, composing in a hurry is a bad thing.
  63. Try to amplify your mental and physical limits. Takes some extra shots when you think “it’s enough”
  64. Pay attention to structures in the sky and wait until they fit into structures in the foreground
  65. Visit the same place as often as possible. Light never shows the same mountain.
  66. Print your images in big size. You will love it.
  67. Have fun while taking photos.
  68. Be respectful when taking photos of people or places.
  69. When taking candid photos of people in the street, it is easier to use a wide-angle than a telephoto lens
  70. Travel and photography are the perfect pairs.
  71. Learn how to enjoy the moment, rather than relentlessly trying to capture the perfect picture of it.
  72. You will discover a lot about yourself through your photography.
  73. Fight your laziness! Creativity comes after discipline.
  74. Ask yourself: What do you want to express in your images?
  75. Always try to think outside the box.
  76.  Search for a mentor.
  77. Every community has its downsides. Don’t leave it out of an emotional response.
  78. There will always be people who will not like what you are doing.
  79. Go out and take photos with (a) friend(s).
  80. You don’t need to take a photo of everything.
  81. UV filters work just as well as lens caps.
  82. Macro photography isn’t for everybody.
  83. Tape up any logos on your camera with black gaffers tape- it brings a lot less attention to you.
  84. The definition of photography is: “painting with light.” Use light in your favor.
  85. Get closer when taking your photos, they often turn out better.
  86. . Never trust your LCD. Normally it is brighter and sharper as the original image.
  87. Alcohol and photography do not mix well.
  88. Grain is beautiful.
  89. 35mm (on full frame) is the best “walk-around” focal length.
  90. Always have printed in mind when you post-process your images.
  91. Better lenses don’t give you better photos.
  92. Photography is more than simply taking photos, it is a philosophy of life
  93. Never give up
  94. Participate in Photo Contests.
  95. Do a review of your archives on a regular basis.
  96. Your opinion about photography is important!
  97. A good photo shouldn’t require explanation
  98. Shooting photos of homeless people in an attempt to be “artsy” is exploitation
  99. Photography is fair: You gain publicity with the quality of your images.
  100. Write your own list.

Do you have learned something that I didn’t mention? if your answer is YES then please let me know your list in the comment box.




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Sharif Mishu

Hi, I am Sharif Mishu from Bangladesh. I am a freelance photographer. I've been in photography since 2010. I got my first DSLR in 2013. Since then I learned many things about photography from my friends, senior, and junior. But the internet was the place that taught me the basics of photography. Here at PicFact.com, I'll be sharing useful photography tips.