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« on: June 04, 2010, 16:50 »
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Hi all, here's some fun stuff.
I decided to post quotes of some famous photographers and anonymous. Feel free to post any you may also remember.

These are some of my favourites:

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There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept. - Ansel Adams
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A good photograph is knowing where to stand. - Ansel Adams
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A photograph is not an accident it is a concept. - Ansel Adams 
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Once photography enters your bloodstream, it's like a disease. - Anonymous
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Never show a customer two prints of different density. He will ask you to print a third with a density between the two. - Anonymous
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Learn from the mistakes of others, because you won't have time to make them all yourself. - Anonymous
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Photography was once described as painting with light. - Anonymous
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Photography is like golf, you never master it, but you can always get better. - Anonymous
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Most cameras and most lenses are better than most photographers. - Anonymous
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If you buy a flute, you own a flute. So why is it that when you buy a camera, you're a photographer? - Anonymous
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Photography is like a lemon, sour to some, but lemonade to others. - Anonymous
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The pictures you want tomorrow, you have to take today. - Anonymous
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Upgrade your knowledge before you upgrade your camera. - Anonymous
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My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph. - Richard Avedon
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Lately I've been struck with how I really love what you can't see in a photograph. - Diane Arbus
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A snapshot steals life that it cannot return. A long exposure [creates] a form that never existed. - Dieter Appelt,
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Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. - Scott Adams
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Having and camera makes you no more a photographer than having a hammer and some nails makes you a carpenter. - Claude Adams
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Photography is not about cameras, gadgets and gismos. Photography is about photographers. A camera didn't make a great
 picture any more than a typewriter wrote a great novel. - Peter Adams
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If it makes you laugh,
if it makes you cry,
if it rips out your heart,
that's a good picture. - Eddie Adams
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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2010, 19:50 »
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Very interesting.

« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2010, 20:39 »
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iStock rejected this image while Shutterstock took it and it's selling. **** Thousands of microstockrs.

rubyroo

« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2010, 22:20 »
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I was surprised to see this there:

"Photography was once described as painting with light. - Anonymous "

As I understand it, it wasn't so much 'once described' as such, but is a deliberate construct, fusing two  Greek words together and is literally translated as 'drawing with light'.  ("Photo" being the word for light - and "graph" the word for drawing).

I'm not an expert in Greek, so feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but that's what I was told many years ago.

« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2010, 22:50 »
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I took two years of Koine Greek in college and yes you are right rubyroo.

« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2010, 22:59 »
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Can't remember where I saw it or heard it, but I'll paraphrase

"Those who can't shoot can get a 40MP camera and their photos will still suck, but they'll suck at a much higher resolution"

rubyroo

« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2010, 23:12 »
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Thanks Eppic - good of you to confirm that  :)

Stormchaser - that's a great paraphrase.  They should put that at the top of agency FAQs  :D

Fotonaut

« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2010, 01:05 »
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Very nice quotes, indeed.

« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2010, 07:25 »
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The one quote from Ansel Adams that stays with me is this:

"You don't take a photograph, you make a photograph."

(I hope I got that right)

PS . . .  I forgot I was talking to a bunch of salty old dogs so I guess everyone knows that quote. :)
« Last Edit: June 05, 2010, 07:28 by etienjones »

rubyroo

« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2010, 07:45 »
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That's a great one too etienjones.

I like this one - it's one I need to keep in mind myself:

If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If youre not out there, youll only hear about it. - Jay Maisel

« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2010, 07:56 »
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 ;D

« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2010, 12:04 »
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One of my favorites:

"You can't be a Nice Nellie and do photography."  Weegee

And another:

"The world is going to pieces and people like Adams and Weston are photographing rocks!"  - Henri Cartier-Bresson
« Last Edit: June 05, 2010, 12:21 by holgs »

« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2010, 16:12 »
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Get a little closer...3...2...1...Smile!

                                           -   My dad

RacePhoto

« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2010, 00:57 »
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"Thing, you're a handful."   Morticia Addams

Why are there so many quotes in the original from people named Adams?

« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2010, 13:06 »
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Great Quotes, thanks for sharing.

Best,
Jonathan

WarrenPrice

« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2010, 14:25 »
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Hi all, here's some fun stuff.
I decided to post quotes of some famous photographers and anonymous. Feel free to post any you may also remember.

These are some of my favourites:



Thanks, Kone.  Several of these brought a smile.  I've stolen a few to amuse members of my photo club.   :)


 

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