Photo Proverbs and Quotes

"Buying a Nikon camera does not make you a photographer - it makes you a Nikon camera owner" (anon)

"No photographer is as good as the simplest camera"  (Edward Steichen)

"F8 and be there" (Ken Rockwell)

"A photograph is neither taken nor seized by force. It offers itself up. It is the photo that takes you. One must not take photos" (Henri Cartier-Bresson )

"The only thing that gets in the way of a really good photograph, is the camera" (Norman Parkinson )

"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"  (David Bailey)

"Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation or an interpretation of its subject, but actually a trace of it. No painting or drawing, however naturalist, belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does"  (John Berger )

"There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer"  (Ansel Adams)

"Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships!" (Ansel Adams)

"The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt" (Henri Cartier-Bresson)

"After 40 years of ingesting every aspect of photographic science and composition, I still find the camera to be an endlessly intriguing partner that challenges my imagination and knowledge. All that with only 3 variables of shutter speed, aperture and focal length"  (Ralph Auletta)

"Very often people looking at my pictures say, 'You must have had to wait a long time to get that cloud just right (or that shadow, or the light).' As a matter of fact, I almost never wait, that is, unless I can see that the thing will be right in a few minutes. But if I must wait an hour for the shadow to move, or the light to change, or the cow to graze in the other direction, then I put up my camera and go on, knowing that I am likely to find three subjects just as good in the same hour" (Edward Weston)

And Finally

"Buy my photographs - they're really nice" (Peter Deegan)