Great Inspirational Amazing Beautiful Photography Quotes

1. You don't take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it. ~Author Unknown

2. Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter. ~Ansel Adams

3. No place is boring, if you've had a good night's sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film. ~Robert Adams, Darkroom & Creative Camera Techniques, May 1995

4. It's weird that photographers spend years or even a whole lifetime, trying to capture moments that added together, don't even amount to a couple of hours. ~James Lalropui Keivom

5. There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer. ~Ansel Adams

6. Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships. ~Ansel Adams

7. I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it. ~Author Unknown

8. A good snapshot stops a moment from running away. ~Eudora Welty

9. The camera can photograph thought. ~Dirk Bogarde

10. There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. ~Ansel Adams

11. 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

12. When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. ~Ansel Adams

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

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

15. I'm not a particularly verbose person. I think that's why I like taking pictures... they speak for themselves. ~Jeb Dickerson

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

17. One photo out of focus is a mistake, ten photo out of focus are an experimentation, one hundred photo out of focus are a style. ~Author Unknown

18. There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer. – Ansel Adams

19. The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it. – Ansel Adams

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

21. The term accessories has come to include a host of photographic gadgets of questionable value. - Ansel Adams

22. A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you. - Brigitte Bardot

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

24. Why is it called “after dark” when it really is “after light”? – George Carlin

25. I expose longer. - Alfred Eisenstaedt, when asked what he did at night in Paris

26. Art is not to be found by touring to Egypt, China, or Peru; if you cannot find it at your own door, you will never find it. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

27. The hardest thing in photography is to create a simple image. – Anne Geddes

28. I drifted into photography like one drifts into prostitution. First I did it to please myself, then I did it to please my friends, and eventually I did it for the money. – Philippe Halsman

29. The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera. – Dorthea Lange

30. The two most engaging powers of a photographer are to make new things familiar and familiar things new. - William Thackeray

31. The question is not what you look at but what you see! – Henry David Thoureau

32. The quickest way to make money at photography is to sell your camera. – Anonymous

33. Amateurs worry about equipment, Professionals worry about time, Masters worry about light. – Anonymous

34. A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.
Diane Arbus

35. It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.
David Bailey

36. Impolite…like coming to a concert with a pistol in your hand. - Henri Cartier-Bresson when expressing his views on the use of flash in photography.

37. Amateurs look for sharpness. Professionals look for sales. Artists look for light. – Anonymous

38. The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it. – Ansel Adams

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

40. To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer. – Ansel Adams

41. To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It’s a way of life. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

42. Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference. – Robert Frank

43. Light is to an image as blood is to the body. – Rolando Gomez

44. "Life is like a good black and white photograph, there's black, there's white, and lots of shades in between."-Karl Heiner

45. "I have discovered photography. Now I can kill myself. I have nothing else to learn."-Pablo Picasso

46. “Of course it’s all luck.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

47. “It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.” – Paul Caponigro

48. “In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” – Alfred Stieglitz

49. You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper. – William Albert Allard

50.“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” ― Ansel Adams

51.“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.” ― Robert Frank

52.“You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.” ―Joan Miró

53.If I have any 'message' worth giving to a beginner it is that there are no short cuts in photography. - Edward Weston

54.Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase. - Percy W. Harris

55.The camera's only job is to get out of the way of making photographs. - Ken Rockwell

56. It's one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it's another thing to make a portrait of who they are. - Paul Caponigro

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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Such an original premise for hub. I am a huge quote lover and you held my interest through all of them. Equally as brilliant were the corresponding pictures.

My quote "It takes a truly talented photographer to make hanging pig carcasses stunning and beautiful." LOL

Voting up across the board.


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travel-O-grapher 4 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh Author

Thank you shiningirisheyes! I am also a huge lover of quotable qoutes! It was also amazing for me to read and understand the depth of meaning of these and other quotes of the great masters of photography! And moreover, thankyou for the appreciation of my photographs! TC and keep hubbing! :D


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passion4pen 4 years ago from delhi

are you a photographer yourself - i am a travel writer - i am learning to appreciate photography n your hub is helpful!


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travel-O-grapher 4 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh Author

Hi passion4pen! Yes, I am a photography enthusiast and an amataur photographer! I love to travel and photograph! Check out my other hubs if you have the time to see some of my travel photography! Thanks for stopping by!


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wallflowereyes 3 years ago from New York

Great hub! Love this.


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travel-O-grapher 3 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh Author

Thanks Wallflowereyes!!! Much appreciated!


vicky2406 22 months ago

All the quotes are amazing and give great inspiration. The "guided tour" gives the best ideas about the tours.

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