An art is a composition of happiness and pain. Sometimes pain slows down the act of creativity. And the painful mind needs some inspiration to boost up the energy of creating an art. Photography is an art that needs vision. When the vision becomes blurred, when the mind becomes tired, a photographer requires inspiring words to focus on the subject that is his or her enthusiasm for creating the photograph. The inspirations not only enhance the energy of the frustrated mind, but it also encourages the photo artists to create good and great photographs. Here, are the collections of some inspiring words on photography, said by some wise and great photographers of the World.
Top 25 Inspirational Quotes on Photography:
- “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”, said by the American abstract expressionist photographer Aaron Siskind.
- “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them., “, said by Elliott Erwitt, an American advertising and documentary photographer known for his black and white candid shots of ironic and absurd situations within an everyday setting.
- The picture that you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality.”, said by Scott Lorenzo, A great photographer of Dubai, famous for his wildlife and landscape photography.
- “If the photographer is interested in the people in front of his lens, and if he is compassionate, it’s already a lot. The instrument is not the camera but the photographer.”, Words of Eve Arnold, an American photojournalist, and fashion photographer.
- “A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.”, said by Irving Penn, the great American photographer known for his fashion, portrait and still lives photography.
- “My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.”
—Steve McCurry, the American photojournalist.
- “Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lenses of the camera.“, words of Yousuf Karsh, an American-Canadian portrait photographer.
- “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.”
—Alfred Eisenstaedt, American photojournalist, famous for his street photography.
- Great photography is about the depth of feeling, not the depth of field.”
—Peter Adams, World’s Leading Travel Photographer.
- “A lot of photographers think that if they buy a better camera they’ll be able to take better photographs. A better camera won’t do a thing for you if you don’t have anything in your head or in your heart.”– Arnold Newman, an American photographer, famous for his “environmental portraits” of artists and politicians. He was also known for his carefully composed abstract still life images.
- “Creativity needs to extend beyond the lens. Find creative ways to showcase your work and get it seen. Straight up tenacity, hard work and determination will always be part of the equation, so get to it.”– Jimmy Chin, an American Photographer, and Cinematographer.
- “I always look for three things when it comes to my images. Good lighting, good composition and good storytelling. To my mind, a good image will contain two of these elements, and an outstanding image will contain all three.” ― Jeff Ascough, the great Wedding Photographer of UK.
- I always use my last week’s effort as my greatest inspiration. Instead of comparing myself to what photographers around me are doing, I’m always trying to beat last week’s effort.” ― Jerry Ghionis, one of the top five best wedding photographers in the World.
- “We were taught early on that the most important elements to a good photo are lighting, composition, and emotion. All three make for a fantastic image. But we have learned that emotion trumps all.” ― Daniel and Lindsay Stark, are the husband and wife photography team based in Portland, Oregon.
- “For me, the subject of the picture is always more important than the picture.” ― Diane Arbus, an American photographer, and writer famous for photographs of marginalized people—dwarfs, giants, transgender people, nudists, circus performers—and others whose normality was perceived by the general populace as ugly or surreal.
- “A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is thereby a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” ― Ansel Adams, an American photographer, and environmentalist. His black-and-white landscape photographs
- “What’s really important is to simplify. The work of most photographers would be improved immensely if they could do one thing: get rid of the extraneous. If you strive for simplicity, you are more likely to reach the viewer. ” ― William Albert Allard, an American documentary photographer.
- “To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk.” ― Edward Weston, an innovative and influential American photographers.
- “When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”- Ted Grant, An award winning photojournalist of Canada.
- “When I meet with clients, I ask them to close their eyes and imagine how their wedding photographs are going to look,” he explains. “Then I say, I’m not going to give you that and I’ll show them a slide show featuring some very different images.” ― Fer Juaristi, A Wedding and Portfolio Photographer.
- Don’t look at other wedding photographer’s work. When you walk into a room, find the one thing that you are attracted to and focus on that. Your instincts will guide you to finding an image that you love.” ― Ben Chrisman, a Famous Wedding Photographer.
- “Photography is essentially an act of recognition by street photographers, not an act of invention. Photographers might respond to an old man’s face, or an Arbus freak, or the way the light hits a building—and then they move on. Whereas in all the other art forms, take William Blake, everything that came to that paper never existed before. It’s the idea of alchemy, of making something from nothing.” ― Duane Michals, an American photographer. Michals’ work makes innovative use of photo-sequences, often incorporating text to examine emotion and philosophy.
- “Unless you photograph what you love, you’re not going to make good art.” – Sally Mann, an American photographer, best known for her large black-and-white photographs.
- The most important thing about photography is who you are, and I can go into depth about the psychology of that, but there’s no way you can take a photograph and not leave your imprint on it. Every time you hit the shutter it’s based on who you are, that’s what makes you different from everybody else. My style is that I shoot from the heart to the heart.” ―
Joe Buissink, the great Wedding photographer.
- “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ― Ansel Adams, an American photographer famous for his black and white landscape photography.
Will these wise words enough to motivate you or not? Feel free to share your opinion here.
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