1. Don’t think about taking the photo, just take it.
2. Learn the rules. Understand the rules. Break the rules.
3. Spend more time taking photos than money acquiring new gear with which to take those photos.
4. You will never know it all; be open to the wisdom and experiences of others.
5. Print your photos — your favourites, at least. And print them big.
6. Get it right in camera rather than trying to compensate for poor technique in post. But…
7. Don’t be ashamed to use post-processing. All photos are “processed” in one way or another.
8. Challenge yourself. Step out of your comfort zone.
9. Be your own worst critic.
10. Technical perfection is often overrated.
11. Be open to constructive criticism from others.
12. Light, natural or artificial, is everything. Learn to use it to your creative advantage.
13. Talking about photography can be fun, inspiring, and insightful. Actually practicing photography is even more rewarding.
14. Don’t get caught up in comparisons. Let your work shine on its own merits.
15. Always be prepared: extra batteries, second body, rain protection, etc.
16. You are not your camera — be sure to give yourself (your eye) proper credit.
17. Revisit your older work from time to time. It’s an enlightening means of self-evaluation.
18. Allow yourself to make mistakes, they are wonderful learning tools.
19. Know your camera intimately, it’ll make you a more efficient photographer.
20. Experimentation is the cornerstone of good art.
21. A more expensive camera isn’t the answer to uninspiring images.
22. Learn to trust your own judgement.
23. Never fall for the idea that you’ve “arrived” as a photographer. You can always get better.
24. Simplify your life — downsizing your gear can maximise your creativity.
25. Backup, backup, backup! Losing your work is devastating…not that I would know, and I don’t want to find out.
26. Own a wide angle and/or macro lens.
27. Shooting film teaches discipline.
28. Film is not better than digital. It’s just different.
29. Study the master photographers and the images they have created.
30. Don’t be satisfied with simply making a photo. Aim to make a connection with the person, place, or thing you are photographing.
31. Shoot what makes you happy, you will eventually find your audience.
32. If you think the only way to find interesting subjects is to travel, you’re not looking hard enough.
33. Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Take heed, photographers.
34. Even if you strongly prefer natural light (like I do), learn to use a flash.
35. Always shoot in RAW mode.
36. Know your rights when shooting in public.
37. Never allow composition to become an afterthought.
38. Invest in a good tripod.
39. Be generous with your knowledge of photography — share what you know with anyone who asks.
40. Spend more on quality glass than on camera bodies; the value of a good lens will outlast just about any camera.
41. Learn how to read a histogram.
42. Don’t expect to make a living from photography just because you’re good at it.
43. If boosting ISO means getting the shot, do it. A little noise never hurt anyone.
44. Mirrorless, DSLR, mobile device — use what works for you and don’t apologise for it.
45. Be part of a community. Photos are meant to be seen and shared. Don’t keep them to yourself.
46. Think of establishing your personal style as a journey rather than a destination.
47. Presets are good for you. Use them.
48. Know how to shoot in manual even if it’s not your preferred shooting mode.
49. Celebrate what you’re good at as a photographer.
50. Have fun. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to fully tap into your creativity when you don’t enjoy what you’re doing.