Stop Reading This… And Take Some Photographs

Well, the rest of this post is not necessary, I’ve said it all in the title.

However, if you happen to be reading this late at night, you’re tired, and don’t mind a bit of baloney, read on…

Why did I say this?

When You Have to Shoot … Shoot! Don’t Talk.

Tuco Says it all. Do use a camera though, not a gun…

Some People Read Too Much.

They theorise, record facts, and they research techniques, look at beautiful photographs, read about the photographers that took them, and the amazing equipment that these brilliant photographers took these enchanting photographs with and then they sit back, too confused to act. They deliberate about what equipment to buy, so that they can get the best photographs, ai-ya-yai-a-yai!

Like I said… Just shoot… When you have the need for a gazillion pixel camera, you’ll know… and your fans will be willing to buy you one…

Till then, just take out your cameraphone, or your rusty film SLR, or your brand new dSLR that’s been sitting on the shelf, and take photographs…

Some People Worry Too Much.

They worry that their cameras will get dirty. They worry that their photographs may not be good enough.

C’mon man! Face facts. Nobody was as good as Ansel Adams when they first picked up their camera. They practiced. They got a bucket load of shitty pics, they figured out what was wrong, corrected the mistakes and moved on…

Some People Don’t Get The Time.

Good Photography is about how you see the world around you. When you’re seeing photographs that you should be taking all the time, everywhere around you, and you’re not getting any of them in your camera, you know that you’ve got to make the time… or get a smaller camera, one that you can put in your pocket – your Cell Phone!

If you don’t have inspiring things around you, then you know you’ve got to go out a bit more… When you do, take that camera along with you, or pull out your cell phone, and use it.

Some People Are Just Plain Lazy.

And maybe, just maybe… that’s why you’re reading this post? Get off your lazy arse and mess around with your camera… Learn a new technique, or just get better acquainted with your gear!

If you can think of other reasons why people want to, but don’t take photographs? Leave a comment.

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Published: August 10, 2009 | Last Updated: July 1, 2021

8 thoughts on “Stop Reading This… And Take Some Photographs”

  1. Touche!
    I used to teach computer classes to get through college. I had a student one time who seemed to know everything there was to know (I was teaching HTML). He certainly knew all the terminology and even some of the application. But in practice…he was clueless. Reading whatever material is going to help you eventually…but you really gotta DO more often than read.

  2. Gunjan. Yes, I guess it’s in the beginning that people get lost in the theory… Later on, they get lost in the beauty of taking pictures.

    Travis. I know exactly what you mean. I deal with similar issues daily.

  3. Hah, nice. You’re completely right. Like someone above said, thats the most important thing to remember for people.

    And yes, I prefer to use a camera..I don’t get in trouble when the cops see me.

    Now if the weather was only better over here….:)

  4. I find that I go through phases when I can’t get enough of photography and then other times where I’m loath to pick my camera up. Its those times that I need a kick, but usually once I get started I enjoy it and don’t want to stop.

  5. Totally agree. I do a fair amount of writing as well. My mom taught me at a young age to just write. It doesn’t even matter what comes out. Something is better than nothing. You can make sense of it later. I think the same can apply to shooting sometimes. Just go shoot. Learn along the way. Figure it out as you go. Thanks for the post.

  6. Wow.. you are just talking about me at least at 2. 4. 5.
    The most difficult to me is to make time to think well about what I’m doing, find mistakes, learn from them…

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