I’m still loving the 5 Questions series that the Flickr blog is running at the moment. This time round they are talking to Ralph Nardell, who to be honest I’ve not come across before. His response to question 3 (What’s one tip that you would share with someone who’s just picking up a camera?) caught my attention:
It’s important to believe in the uniqueness and value of your own experience. When you’re just starting out, it’s easy to edit yourself a little too much, to think “Well, why should I bother taking this shot? I’m sure it’s been done before….” Well, it has all been done before, but it hasn’t been done by you. Take your camera (any camera, no matter the quality) with you everywhere and just get in the habit of paying attention and noticing what you’re drawn to. I’ve learned a lot about myself through photography, and in many ways the photos I take help me understand what I’m thinking or feeling at a given time. To me, photography can be as much about listening as seeing, about emotion as much as light and form. Be open to what you find, and know it’s worth recording and thinking about. (I’m not sure if that was one tip or eight, but there you have it. 🙂
It’s always intersting to see another photographers take on what is important when taking photos or making images. If you want to be a better photographer, thinking about your photography is key. Getting in the habit of paying attention and noticing what you are drawn to will definitely help with that.