25 Photo Truths

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Sometimes I feel that people get carried away with the technical side of photography and, unfortunately, trying to impress others with their images and by doing so they loose touch with what is really important.

If you follow me on Twitter you would have seen that during the last few weeks I have been posting a number of photo truths, one per day, which touches on some of these important things.

Here is a list of these Photo Truth tweets from the last few weeks.

Photo Truth 1

An expensive camera will not make you a better photographer.

Photo Truth 2

Spend more time out in the field with your camera than in online forums.

Gavin Tonkinson - Wildlife Photography

Photo Truth 3

Spend less time looking at other people’s images and more time shooting your own.

Photo Truth 4

The more photos you take, the better you get.

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Photo Truth 5

Photography is awesome but never let it get in the way of enjoying life.

Photo Truth 6

Think before you shoot.

Photo Truth 7

Natural light is the best light.

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Photo Truth 8

Print your images in big size. It’s worth it!

Photo Truth 9

Always shoot in RAW. Always.

Photo Truth 10

Know the technical side of photography but do not forget that it is an art.

Photo Truth 11

Don’t be afraid of higher ISO settings. A noisy photo is better than a blurry one.

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Shot at ISO 6,400

Photo Truth 12

Find and work on your style of photography and stick with it.

Photo Truth 13

Converting an image to black and white does not automatically make it better.

Wild Eye - Gerry van der Walt

Photo Truth 14

There is no “magic” camera or lens that will immediately improve your photography.

Photo Truth 15

Not everybody is going to like your images.  Deal with it.

Photo Truth 16

You cannot be good at all genres of photography. Know your strengths.

Photo Truth 17

A point-and-shoot is still a camera.

Photo Truth 18

When taking images of people and places – be respectful.

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Photo Truth 19

Wildlife photography should be about telling the real story. Keep it real.

Photo Truth 20

Film isn’t better than digital. Digital isn’t better than film.

Photo Truth 21

Photoshop cannot turn a bad image into a good one.

Photo Truth 22

Your thoughts and emotions will make a different to the images you create.

Photo Truth 23

Don’t be afraid to take wildlife photos in the rain.

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Photo Truth 24

Photography should be fun!

Photo Truth 25

Sometimes, when photographing wildlife, you need to put your camera down and just enjoy the moment!

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Which of these is your favourite?  Do you have any other photo truths to add?

Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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  1. Marg Wood

    I agree with all 25..esp 25. I also think that if you are not going alone…go with those that can get “in the zone” with you. Remember..it is not a competition, it is a passion

  2. Carol Bell

    Thanks for all those truths.. it does make one stop and think. On the other hand since I have “found” Wild Eye I have learnt so much and I think my photography has improved a tiny bit. I wish I had known what Wild Eye has taught me 7 years ago whilst living “up North”… I am going to “play more” with my ISO since your comments. I have learnt so much from Wild Eye in the last 6 months.

  3. Bert

    #1. As the lady said to the photographer: ‘Your camera takes wonderful pictures!, To which his reply was (enjoying a piece of pie in her home), “Your oven bakes nice pies!”

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