Stop Reading This… And Take Some Photographs

Stop Reading This, And Take Some Photos Instead

Well, now that you’ve read the headline, the rest of this article is not necessary. I’ve said it all in the title. Stop procrastinating, and take some photographs. Right now! Ciao!

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

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

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

2. Some People Read Too Much

They theorise, record facts, and 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 camera phone, or your rusty (er, I mean trusty) film SLR, or the brand new mirrorless camera that’s been sitting on the shelf… Go, take it out. Now turn it on and take photographs…

3. 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 – NOT EVEN ANSEL ADAMS HIMSELF.

They all practised. They took hundreds and thousands of mediocre photographs, they then figured out what they were doing wrong, corrected the mistakes and moved on…

You can’t avoid making mistakes. Embrace it as part of the process.

4. 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 take 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.

5. 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: August 4, 2021

10 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…

  7. I can so relate to point 2. I seem to use reading about photography as tool to procrastinate. Maybe cuz I’ve got too high standards for myself, so I’m scared to start shooting? Thanks for the insight, Susheel!

    Btw, which of these problems did you struggle with the most when you were starting out?

    1. You’ve definitely set high standards… With digital, you can delete and try again. So try again, but don’t get discouraged if you can’t yet get the image that you picture in your mind. Photography skills are cumulative, as with any learning, and you will eventually get there. Patience will be rewarded.

      I struggle with all these points. I struggle the most with the last point… Laziness.

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