Fun Quotes

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by compuwar, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. compuwar macrumors 601

    compuwar

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    A photographer was looking for quotes to put up at their studio recently and that caused me to spend some time looking through photography quotes- here are a few I particularly like...

    Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be. -Duane Michals

    If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera. -Lewis Hine

    Buying a Nikon doesn't make you a photographer. It makes you a Nikon owner. -Author Unknown

    You don't take a photograph, you make it. -Ansel Adams

    Every time someone tells me how sharp my photos are, I assume that it isn't a very interesting photograph. If it were, they would have more to say. -Author Unknown

    Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow. – Imogen Cunningham

    Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

    I shutter to think how many people are underexposed and lacking depth in this field. – Rick Steves

    Anything more than 500 yards from the car just isn’t photogenic. -Edward Weston

    A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it. – Edward Steichen

    There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept. -Ansel Adams

    Paul
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Good quotes.
    I guess this one should be upped, as in the day of digital photography, 10,000 photos can be reached much faster using film.
    I consider myself an okay amateur photographer, but still lacking good people shots, and even I haven't shot more than five thousand photos on film (since 2000), but with a DSLR I have taken 10,000 pictures in less than two years, many many photos only varying a little bit, as you can shoot more and select later.
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    “Now, to consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravity before going for a walk.” - Edward Weston

    I had a photography teacher who used to say this quote and he never said who said it. One day I stumbled upon the quote and found out it was not original to him. Wanker.

    “I find the single most valuable tool in the darkroom is my trash can.” – John Sexton
     
  4. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    Good topic, Paul!

    May I contribute three, all by Richard Avedon?

    A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth. - Richard Avedon

    My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph. - Richard Avedon

    A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he’s being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he’s wearing or how he looks. He’s implicated in what’s happened, and he has a certain real power over the result. - Richard Avedon
     
  5. Doylem macrumors 68040

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    My favourite quote is by Dorothea Lange, who photographed the farming communities during the Great Depression. “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera”...
     
  6. compuwar thread starter macrumors 601

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    Probably, but the sentiment is what counts to me!

    That could be taken either way- very thought provoking!

    I was hoping people would chime in with more- lightly pondering some of these is a good thing for me- it serves as motivation!

    Nice one!

    Paul
     
  7. fitshaced macrumors 68000

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    Not so long ago, the opposite of that would have seemed more true to me.
     
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    Grey Beard macrumors 65816

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    "Old photographers don't die - they go out of focus."
    Patrick, Lord Lichfield

    Lord Lichfield was also reputed when asked how he became a photographer said,

    In the same way that a woman becomes a prostitute. First I did it to please myself, then I did it to please my friends and finally I did it for money.

    KGB
     

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