100 tips from eric kim

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100 tips from eric kim
Apr 22, 2012

this guy is kind of a flake
but this list is pretty legit to me

1. Just because someone has an expensive camera doesn't mean that they're a good photographer.
2. Always shoot in RAW. Always.
3. Prime lenses help you learn to be a better photographer.
4. Photo editing is an art in itself
5. The rule of thirds works 99% of the time.
6. Macro photography isn't for everybody.
7. UV filters work just as well as lens caps.

8. Go outside & shoot photos rather than spending hours a day on photography forums.
9. Capture the beauty in the mundane and you have a winning photograph.
10. Film isn't better than digital.
11. Digital isn't better than film.
12. There is no "magic" camera or lens.
13. Better lenses don't give you better photos.

14. Spend less time looking at other people's work and more time shooting your own.
15. Don't take your DSLR to parties.
16. Girls dig photographers.
17. Making your photos b/w doesn't automatically make them "artsy"

18. People will always discredit your work if you tell them you "photoshop" your images. Rather, tell them that you process them in the "digital darkroom".
19. You don't need to take a photo of everything.

20. Have at least 2 backups of all your images. Like they say in war, two is one, one is none.
21. Ditch the neck strap and get a handstrap.
22. Get closer when taking your photos, they often turn out better.
23. Be a part of a scene while taking a photo; not a voyeur.
24. Taking a photo crouched often make your photos look more interesting.

25. Worry less about technical aspects and focus more on compositional aspects of photography.

26. Tape up any logos on your camera with black gaffers tape- it brings a lot less attention to you.
27. Always underexpose by 2/3rds of a stop when shooting in broad daylight.
28. The more photos you take, the better you get.

29. Don't be afraid to take several photos of the same scene at different exposures, angles, or apertures.
30. Only show your best photos.
31. A point-and-shoot is still a camera.
32. Join an online photography forum.
33. Critique the works of others.
34. Think before you shoot.

35. A good photo shouldn't require explanation (although background information often adds to an image). *
36. Alcohol and photography do not mix well.
37. Draw inspiration from other photographers but never worship them.
38. Grain is beautiful.

39. Ditch the photo backpack and get a messenger bag. It makes getting your lenses and camera a whole lot easier.
40. Simplicity is key.

41. The definition of photography is: "painting with light." Use light in your favor.
42. Find your style of photography and stick with it.
43. Having a second monitor is the best thing ever for photo processing.
44. Silver EFEX pro is the best b/w converter.
45. Carry your camera with you everywhere. Everywhere.
46. Never let photography get in the way of enjoying life.
47. Don't pamper your camera. Use and abuse it.
48. Take straight photos.
49. Shoot with confidence.
50. Photography and juxtaposition are best friends.
51. Print out your photos big. They will make you happy.
52. Give your photos to friends.
53. Give them to strangers.
54. Don't forget to frame them.
55. Costco prints are cheap and look great.
56. Go out and take photos with (a) friend(s).
57. Join a photo club or start one for yourself.
58. Photos make great presents.
59. Taking photos of strangers is thrilling.
60. Candid> Posed.
61. Natural light is the best light.
62. 35mm (on full frame) is the best "walk-around" focal length.
63. Don't be afraid to bump up your ISO when necessary.

64. You don't need to always bring a tripod with you everywhere you go (hell, I don't even own one).
65. It is always better to underexpose than overexpose.

66. Shooting photos of homeless people in an attempt to be "artsy" is exploitation.
67. You will find the best photo opportunities in the least likely situations.
68. Photos are always more interesting with the human element included.
69. You can't "photoshop" bad images into good ones.
70. Nowadays everybody is a photographer.

71. You don't need to fly to Paris to get good photos; the best photo opportunities are in your backyard.

72. People with DSLRS who shoot portraits with their grip pointed downwards look like morons.
73. Cameras as tools, not toys.
74. In terms of composition, photography and painting aren't much different.
75. Photography isn't a hobby- it's a lifestyle.
76. Make photos, not excuses.
77. Be original in your photography. Don't try to copy the style of others.
78. The best photographs tell stories that begs the viewer for more.
79. Any cameras but black ones draw too much attention.
80. The more gear you carry around with you the less you will enjoy photography.
81. Good self-portraits are harder to take than they seem.
82. Laughter always draws out peoples' true character in a photograph.
83. Don't look suspicious when taking photos- blend in with the environment.
84. Landscape photography can become dull after a while.
85. Have fun while taking photos.
86. Never delete any of your photos.
87. Be respectful when taking photos of people or places.

88. When taking candid photos of people in the street, it is easier to use a wide-angle than a telephoto lens.
89. Travel and photography are the perfect pair.
90. Learn how to read a histogram.
91. A noisy photo is better than a blurry one.
92. Don't be afraid to take photos in the rain.

93. Learn how to enjoy the moment, rather than relentlessly trying to capture the perfect picture of it.
94. Never take photos on an empty stomach.
95. You will discover a lot about yourself through your photography.
96. Never hoard your photographic insight- share it with the world.
97. Never stop taking photos
98. Photography is more than simply taking photos, it is a philosophy of life
99. Capture the decisive moment
100. Write your own list.

http://erickimphotography.com/blog/

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In reply to SmittenHobbyist, Apr 22, 2012

Thanks for that! Interesting read....

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In reply to SmittenHobbyist, Apr 22, 2012

Hmmm, a couple useful truths in there, along with a few contradictions and a bunch of opinions that don't apply to the larger audience of photographers. I guess it's just for 'street photographers'
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In reply to Brad Franklin, Apr 22, 2012

care to be specific?

as a landscape shooter
i dont think they will ever get dull for me

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Hmmm, a couple useful truths in there, along with a few contradictions and a bunch of opinions that don't apply to the larger audience of photographers. I guess it's just for 'street photographers'
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Interesting list with a lot of good advice, but I disagree with some:

2. Always shoot in RAW. Always. - Sometimes JPG makes better sense.

5. The rule of thirds works 99% of the time. - I'd say 1/3 to 2/3 of the time, at most.

16. Girls dig photographers. - Never noticed this. Wish it were true.

21. Ditch the neck strap and get a handstrap. - Different strokes for different folks

27. Always underexpose by 2/3rds of a stop when shooting in broad daylight. - Don't listen to any advice that says you ALWAYS have to do anything.

28. The more photos you take, the better you get. - IF you learn something.

33. Critique the works of others. - Constructively and Kindly

39. Ditch the photo backpack and get a messenger bag. It makes getting your lenses and camera a whole lot easier. - Again, different strokes for different folks - or different situations.

42. Find your style of photography and stick with it. - Don't be afraid to try new things and grow.

43. Having a second monitor is the best thing ever for photo processing. - I think calibrating your monitor and developing printer profiles will yield larger benefits.

47. Don't pamper your camera. Use and abuse it. - Abuse it?? Pros in any field always respect their tools.

61. Natural light is the best light. - Sometimes not.

62. 35mm (on full frame) is the best "walk-around" focal length. - Not for all people in all situations.

64. You don't need to always bring a tripod with you everywhere you go (hell, I don't even own one). Tripods can be a tremendous asset. That is why so many pros use them.

65. It is always better to underexpose than overexpose. Beware "always" rules, they are usually untrue.

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Re: Interesting...agree with some, find some?? and definitlely disagree on lenss
In reply to Steve_in_FL, Apr 22, 2012

I only have the kit 18-200 right now, force of circumstance.

But I disagree definitely on lenses not improving photography.

The lens is an inherent part of the tecnhnical aspect of optical design and many times I am wishing for something specific for certain subjects, events.

No, the lens can make a huge difference, depending on what you are shooting.

Secondly he mentions 'technical aspects as less important than composition.

Composition IS technical aspects along with light, exposure etc.

Technical aspects are by nature the medium, an inherent part of every image.

Some other good advice though.

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see i agree with all of those
wholeheartedly

except maybe the natural light one

Steve_in_FL wrote:
Interesting list with a lot of good advice, but I disagree with some:

2. Always shoot in RAW. Always. - Sometimes JPG makes better sense.

5. The rule of thirds works 99% of the time. - I'd say 1/3 to 2/3 of the time, at most.

16. Girls dig photographers. - Never noticed this. Wish it were true.

21. Ditch the neck strap and get a handstrap. - Different strokes for different folks

27. Always underexpose by 2/3rds of a stop when shooting in broad daylight. - Don't listen to any advice that says you ALWAYS have to do anything.

28. The more photos you take, the better you get. - IF you learn something.

33. Critique the works of others. - Constructively and Kindly

39. Ditch the photo backpack and get a messenger bag. It makes getting your lenses and camera a whole lot easier. - Again, different strokes for different folks - or different situations.

42. Find your style of photography and stick with it. - Don't be afraid to try new things and grow.

43. Having a second monitor is the best thing ever for photo processing. - I think calibrating your monitor and developing printer profiles will yield larger benefits.

47. Don't pamper your camera. Use and abuse it. - Abuse it?? Pros in any field always respect their tools.

61. Natural light is the best light. - Sometimes not.

62. 35mm (on full frame) is the best "walk-around" focal length. - Not for all people in all situations.

64. You don't need to always bring a tripod with you everywhere you go (hell, I don't even own one). Tripods can be a tremendous asset. That is why so many pros use them.

65. It is always better to underexpose than overexpose. Beware "always" rules, they are usually untrue.

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In reply to Bajerunner, Apr 22, 2012

good lenses increase the scope of possibility
they dont automatically improve your work

but i can see why you are up in arms about that comment
being a superzoom user and all

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I only have the kit 18-200 right now, force of circumstance.

But I disagree definitely on lenses not improving photography.

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Very cool. I agree with most of the tips.

Obvioulsy, I rather to have a noisy shot than a blurred one:)

However, I do not think that underexposing is always better than overexposing, unless you are burning the highlights.

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In reply to SmittenHobbyist, Apr 23, 2012

Apologies for my brief statement - I think Steve_in_FL covered a good portion of them - just sayin those are his rules to live by, but they're being portrayed (somewhat cockily) as a generalized set of rules. A good portion of those statements could be misleading and detrimental to the unwary amateur photographer. But hey I guess that's part of the learning process, figuring out who to listen to and who not to

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I am 'up in arms' about the comment? No, I just pointed out a fact,, I did mention others that were not much sense either, di not list as I was making the main point, trying to do so, while being polite. But yes, there are many others that do not make much sense, that is just one.

Yes, I use a superzoom, indeed reading such would seem to confirm his thinking, but as ai said (unfortunately you either cannot read or choose not to), per circumstances, I am using a superzoom now because I need to, many of us cannot just go out and (ven if we would like to) blow money on lenses very easily.

That said, I never said it that lenses make you a better photographer, but his tips note that lenses do not improve photography (read what you posted,), they indeed do.

Also, his 'tips' 22-28 are ???? out of left field.

So, you may worship him, but a logical, knowledgable individual will take the good tips and throw away the ridiculous.

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As I said, read what you posted, before misquoting replies.

All other things being equal i.e. same photographer etc., that 'tip' is utter nonsense.

And if you want confirmaiton of that, go to the D800 / D4 forum now and read about lenses and D800.

A lot of very experienced people there. I am not, I am a rank amateur, but go there and read.

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you have the superzoom blues

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This guy must be a genius at marketing...

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Steve_in_FL wrote:
Interesting list with a lot of good advice, but I disagree with some:

16. Girls dig photographers. - Never noticed this. Wish it were true.

There's a catch, Steve. It's only true as a "rule" if you, the photographer, also happen to be a girl.

Trust me, I know.

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Eric who (n/t)?
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Who?

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101. Imagine someone more annoying than Bruce Gilden on crack and PCP looking to blind babies with an oversized strobe, then try and be that photographer.

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SmittenHobbyist wrote:

this guy is kind of a flake
but this list is pretty legit to me

15. Don't take your DSLR to parties.

45. Carry your camera with you everywhere. Everywhere.

97. Never stop taking photos

http://erickimphotography.com/blog/

So, should I carry my camera to parties or not?

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The points are valid.
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72. People with DSLRS who shoot portraits with their grip pointed downwards look like morons.....

Yes well, if you are left eyed it's the only way to do it!!

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