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Taking Good Pictures Quotes


"Taking good pictures is easy. Making very good pictures is difficult. Making great pictures is almost impossible" - Constantine Manos

"I'm not good at taking pictures. I can't give a good face. I crack up." - Chrissy Teigen

"I'm not good at taking pictures. I can't give a good face. I crack up." - Christine Teigen

"I love taking pictures of food." - Miranda Kerr

"She's taking pictures! Maryse, put it on Twitter!" - Josh Mathews

"Don't be afraid to take bad pictures, because good pictures are the mistakes of bad pictures." - Gueorgui Pinkhassov

"Good words are worth a thousand pictures." - Anonymous

"I've never put myself in the mindset that I'm actually any good at taking pictures, I just love to shoot things that catch my eye, whether it's landscapes or just my kids." - Graeme Le Saux

"It is easy to take good pictures, difficult to take very good pictures, and almost impossible to take great pictures." - Constantine Manos

"Using iPads as cameras, for example, is like taking pictures with a cafeteria tray." - Brian Williams

"I'm known for taking pictures very close, and the older I get, the closer I get." - Bruce Gilden

"i'm taking pictures in my mind so i can save them for a rainy day..." - Taylor Swift

"Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies." - Diane Arbus

"Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second." - Marc Riboud

"It (taking photographs) is all about longingwithout longing-no pictures at all." - Anders Petersen

"I actually love talking about taking pictures, and I think that helps everyone." - Annie Leibovitz

"I've always cared more about taking pictures than about the art market." - Annie Leibovitz

"I don't feel like taking pictures with anyone [or] doing anything. I just like chillin'." - Mac Miller

"I've been taking pictures of wherever I go, or on planes, whatever." - Reggie Watts

"The advantage of taking pictures of the famous is that they get published." - Elliott Erwitt

"My fans are called 'Mayniacs'. They enjoy screaming and chasing me and taking pictures." - Conor Maynard

"I love taking pictures. I'm always the one with the camera!" - Cindy Busby

"I love cameras but I find myself reluctantly taking pictures because what's past is past." - William Shatner

"You do' take pictures, the good ones happen to you." - Ernst Haas

"If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough." - Robert Capa

"Working alone on stories, I began to feel the anonymity of motels on interstate highways reached by jet planes and rental cars. It was hard to have a good time, and the only way I could make the loneliness excusable was by taking pictures I thought were very good, even valuable." - John Loengard

"I like to look at pictures, all kinds. And all those things you absorb come out subconsciously one way or another. You'll be taking photographs and suddenly know that you have resources from having looked at a lot of them before. There is no way you can avoid this. But this kind of subconscious influence is good, and it certainly can work for one. In fact, the more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer." - Robert Mapplethorpe

"There are people with their iPads are taking pictures so much that they're not experiencing the moment. They go home and look at the pictures later." - Dick Van Dyke

"I thought I was taking pictures of things that I hated. But there was something about these pictures. They were unexpectedly, disconcertingly glorious." - Robert Adams

"Take pictures all the time. Don't worry if you take a bad photograph; you learn more by taking a bad picture than a good one. If you don't like it, study it and figure out why you don't like it. You'll learn from your mistake." - Patrick Demarchelier

"My first priority when taking pictures is to achieve clarity. A good documentary photograph transmits the information of the situation with the utmost fidelity; achieving it means understanding the nuances of lighting and composition, and also remembering to keep the lenses clean and the cameras steady." - Sam Abell

"The ratio of successful shots is one in God-knows-how-many. Sometimes you'll get several in one contact sheet, and sometimes it's none for days. But as long as you go on taking pictures, you're likely to get a good one at some point." - Elliott Erwitt

"My taking pictures means I'm taking a series of pictures which become an essay and then get extended into a book. That's what's exciting, to take an idea and work it through to completion." - George A Tice

"What does it mean to go deeper? Taking pictures when you're more emotional or sorrowful, or having sex? I just want to have really boring snapshots - people just standing in front of a camera taking pictures with a smile." - Nikki S. Lee

"Alot of people think our lives are all about taking pictures and stuff like that. But it becomes a real bother when they're taking pictures of you all the time." - Robert Pattinson

"The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don't have to explain things with words." - Elliott Erwitt

"Taking pictures is like panning for gold. You do it again and again, and sometimes you find a nugget." - Raghubir Singh

"Yes, photography saved my life. Every time I go through something scary, traumatic, I survive by taking pictures." - Nan Goldin

"I've been taking pictures since I was probably 16. I'm 54, and I can't believe how excited I am." - Zoe Leonard

"I was making a film [Dream of Life] about Patti [Smith], but I was taking pictures, too." - Steven Sebring

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

"I really like doing portraits, but I like taking pictures of things that are natural, like scenery, too." - Georgia May Jagger

"I've been taking art lessons since I was little, and I've always drawn. I think in pictures." - Brian Selznick

"I'm always taking pictures and travelling with a camera and have so many photos that I've done a book." - Norman Reedus

"It would be so easy to lose the plot now. It's not about achieving something for its own sake, and taking pictures for their own sake. But to make conscious decisions and choices, and it includes this constant questioning - Why am I taking pictures? Because really, the world is... it has pictures enough. I mean, there are enough pictures out there." - Wolfgang Tillmans

"All the good pictures that came so easily now make the next set of pictures virtually impossible in your mind." - Sally Mann

"Taking up marriage is a good excuse for taking up cursing, I think." - Nancy E. Turner

"The adventure is over. Everything gets over, and nothing is ever enough. Except the part you carry with you. It's the same as going on a vacation. Some people spend all their time on a vacation taking pictures so that when they get home they can show their friends evidence that they had a good time. They don't pause to let the vacation enter inside of them and take that home." - E L Konigsburg

"When I get off a flight, I'm not trying to sit there and let them take pictures of me. I'm tired. I'm scratching my eyes. I just don't like taking pictures in general." - Justin Bieber

"I'm the sort of person who takes a camera to dinner or a nightclub because I enjoy taking pictures of people. I tweet all my pictures, which is bad." - Tamara Ecclestone

"It was 1966 by the time I started taking pictures seriously and books, newspapers and magazines of the time were full of great pictures that helped to inspire me." - Fay Godwin

"I was digging in the backyard to get my own clay and making pottery. And then I started taking pictures and built my own darkroom. I would go out at six in the morning and just take pictures." - Steven Klein

"I like hiding somewhere, like, say on a bus street in a doorway, and taking pictures without people knowing - which sounds really creepy....You get some of the most interesting pictures because people are walking past not realising you're there." - Anna Paquin

"Since I switched to an iPhone, I did start taking pictures of people I like. Until then, I strangely never took pictures. I think the iPhone became this space that was different enough from a "photograph," so I find myself taking pictures of daily things. If someone I dated asked me to take their picture, I would most likely find it disturbing. Perhaps nude pictures would be fun. But that would have to be on an iPhone." - Elad Lassry

"Giving is good, but taking is bad and brings death." - Hesiod

"Most people if I like their music, I can get good pictures." - Linda Mccartney

"The pictures placed for ornament and use, The twelve good rules, the royal game of goose." - Oliver Goldsmith

"I don't take good pictures 'cause I have the kind of beauty that moves." - Ani Difranco

"Most passport pictures are good likenesses, and it is time we faced it." - Katharine Brush

"They are good furniture pictures, unworthy of praise, and undeserving of blame." - John Ruskin

"What is a company that believes in good, clean family entertainment doing making R-rated pictures." - Simon Sinek

"But of course these pictures are not shocking; good painting never is." - Patrick Swift

"Pictures are so good at giving people information that they're not looking for." - Tibor Kalman

"We're trying to get good pictures. Don't worry very much about what I say." - Bob Dole

"You have to be very, very good looking to get ahead in motion pictures." - Elaine Stritch

"I don't know why my pictures come out looking so good. I just don't get it." - Robert Mapplethorpe

"Good advertising is a happy wedding of words and pictures, not a contest between them." - Leo Burnett

"I don't ever want to make taking pictures into another way of saying 'Here I am'. Because I'm as here as I want to be." - Jamie Lee Curtis

"I'm one of those moms who's at the bus stop with my camcorder every year, with my phone taking a million pictures as they get on the bus." - Melissa Gorga

"I don't come taking millions of pictures. I spend time with them and simply observe. If you wait long enough those amazing images will come." - Ami Vitale

"Sometimes without shooting a picture germinates in your head. Other times, you keep taking pictures of the same thing and watch the images mature and grow." - Jay Maisel

"When I'm on my own with my camera, taking these pictures, it feels as if I am in a room of my own, a self-contained world." - Patti Smith

"I've had moments where I've felt like I was on another planet because I saw something beautiful. To me, taking pictures is being alive." - Mario Sorrenti

"When I'm on stage, I feel like a performer, for sure. I know people are looking at me and taking pictures and singing along, and that part's wonderful." - Carrie Underwood

"I don't want to see pictures of Hollywood stars in their dressing gowns taking out the rubbish. It ruins the fantasy." - Sarah Brightman

"We're constantly taking pictures of ourselves. It's a bit scary, because images are essentially dead, so we judge beauty on something that isn't alive." - Elle Fanning

"I still love taking pictures with Polaroid film. For me, it offers the most beautiful way of capturing reality and transferring it onto a flat piece of paper." - Helena Christensen

"I've known Larry Clark since I was fourteen. I've always skateboarded in Manhattan. Larry got into the scene in the early '90s, taking pictures and skating with us." - Leo Fitzpatrick

"During the Cold War, we gathered information by listening to the Soviets, taking pictures of the Soviets, and we allowed our human intelligence to decline." - Bob Graham

"I've been painting and drawing and taking pictures as long as I've been writing music - and I've actually been drawing longer than I've been writing music." - Brandon Boyd

"I have always liked to get my pictures taken, and I like taking care of my looks. But, I am not one to use beauty products and treatments." - Vijender Singh

"I like California but I'm dyed-in-the-wool Oklahoma. I see a deer in L.A., and everybody's standing around it taking pictures. Back home, that's the enemy!" - Blake Shelton

"If people are taking pictures of me at Starbucks, it's not the end of the world. It's cool, it's fun, it's exciting." - Cory Monteith

"I was not out to paint beautiful pictures; even painting good pictures was not important to me. I wanted only to help the truth burst forth." - Alice Miller

"I was not out to paint beautiful pictures; even painting good pictures was not important to me. I wanted only to help the truth burst forth." - Alice Duer Miller

"It seems positively unnatural to travel without taking a camera along... The very activity of taking pictures is soothing and assuages general feelings of disorientation that are likely to be exacerbated by travel." - Susan Sontag

"You have to take a lot of bad pictures. Dont' be afraid to take bad pictures... You have to take a lot of bad pictures in order to know when you've got a good one." - Martin Parr

"30 years and 55 pictures - not more than five that were any good, or any good for me." - Gig Young

"I think fame and all that madness, people taking your pictures all the time, drives me insane. It's a catch 22...the more they take pictures of you, the more upset you get by it and the more crazy you look and the more pictures they take of you. I think it's disgusting what's happened with that kind of celebrity culture right now." - Juno Temple

"Light inspires me. I'm drawn to architecture, often graves, statues, trees - things usually that are quite still. I've been taking pictures continuously since 1995 until the end of Polaroid film. I'm taking very few pictures nowadays because I have very little film left, most of it expired." - Patti Smith

"Even in the very beginning when she would bump into George Valentine and people would start taking pictures of her, she never thought, 'I'm with George Valentine. I need to get a picture with him." She's like "oh that's funny. Everyone's taking pictures!" - Berenice Bejo

"Even in the very beginning when she would bump into George Valentine and people would start taking pictures of her, she never thought, 'I'm with George Valentine. I need to get a picture with him.' She's like 'oh that's funny. Everyone's taking pictures!'" - Berenice Bejo

"I'm not really good at hiding pain or taking something and transforming it into something good." - Trevor Hall

"The main thing is to study pictures and stop listening to the pontifictaions of photographers. Photographers aren't oracles of wisdom. If they're good photographers, then take a good look at their pictures - what else do you need?" - Elliott Erwitt

"I'm gathering Kylie thinks that all it takes to capture an image is to point and shoot. That's what everyone thinks. But there's a lot more to it. It's taken me years to frame things correctly. People assume you can't take good pictures on an iPhone, but they're wrong. Some of my best shots are on the phone.They're raw and simple, and most of the time no one knows you're taking a picture. It's much better than the thousand-dollar Nikon my dad got me for Christmas. I don't think I've used it in months." - Valerie Thomas

"When the good pictures come, we hope they tell truths, but truths 'told slant,' just as Emily Dickinson commanded." - Sally Mann

"There's a good many pictures I'd like to make; we'll see how many I'll be allowed to make" - Terrence Malick

"It is easier for me to take ten good pictures in an airplane bathroom than in the gardens at Versailles." - Sally Mann

"I don't regret the numerous pictures of Brigitte Bardot, but I'd rather have a good photograph of my father." - Raymond Depardon

"Just look there (another Heavy Metal Boy sank through the earth's crust and we got some good pictures...)" - William S Burroughs

"In all our pictures, we had an antagonist who becomes the good guy, and the underdog fulfills his quest." - Arthur Rankin Jr

"It's never a good idea for a celebrity to sign autographs or take pictures if a crowd is gathering." - Chevy Chase

"There's a good many pictures I'd like to make; we'll see how many I'll be allowed to make." - Terrence Malick

"All pictures painted inside in the studio will never be as good as the things done outside." - Paul Cezanne

"I would sooner play in a good British picture than in the majority of American pictures I have seen." - Glynis Johns

"I wanted to say something different: the pictures are also a leave-taking, in several respects. Factually: these specific persons are dead; as a general statement, death is leave-taking. And then ideologically: a leave-taking from a specific doctrine of salvation and, beyond that, from the illusion that unacceptable circumstances of life can be changed by this conventional expedient of violent struggle." - Gerhard Richter

"Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation - what are they? They are the happiest people in the world." - William Lyon Phelps

"When you're in the thick of raising your kids by yourself, you tend to keep a running list of everything you think you're doing wrong. I recommend taking a lot of family pictures as evidence to the contrary." - Connie Schultz

"I began taking pictures in the natural world to be able to show people what I was experiencing when I climbed and explored in Yosemite in the High Sierra" - Galen

"You should always be taking pictures, if not with a camera then with your mind. Memories you capture on purpose are always more vivid than the ones you pick up by accident." - Isaac Marion

"Fame is fleeting, and you can't get caught up in it. Signing autographs, taking pictures, and being nice to people is a small price to pay for the upside that comes with this." - Jerome Bettis

"?ommercial hip-hop is not youth rebellion, not when the heroes of hip-hop like Puffy are taking pictures with Donald Trump and the heroes of capitalism - you know that's not rebellion. That's not "the street" - that's Wall Street." - Saul Williams

"I wanted to make pictures that felt natural, that felt like seeing, that didn't feel like taking something in the world and making a piece of art out of it." - Stephen Shore

"Many pictures turn out to be limp translations of the known world instead of vital objects which create an intrinsic world of their own. There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph." - Robert Heinecken

"I was out there with the White House press squad, and after his helicopter took off, and the carpet rolled up...This wasn't a photograph that others were taking, but I continued to take pictures." - Annie Leibovitz

"I fell in love with the process of taking pictures, with wandering around finding things. To me it feels like a kind of performance. The picture is a document of that performance." - Alec Soth

"People were like, 'Oh, there are going to be people running up to you taking pictures' and I thought it was going to be a bunch of little kids. But it's grown-ups! And that's, like, creepy." - Mo'ne Davis

"I'm a big fan of Henri Cartier-Bresson, the French photographer who had that whole "decisive moment" approach to taking pictures, of having multiple elements line up within the frame." - Nick Zinner

"When I'm taking pictures I even forget that I have a camera. When I shoot I forget about everything. Light comes, death comes, people go in and out in costume - and it's like a play." - Graciela Iturbide

"I take pictures, and they are there for the taking. I'll tell you a quote that I have always thought about. Arthur Miller said, I try to create the poem from the evidence." - Jay Maisel

"I wish I had met [Francesca] Woodman forty years ago. It would have been great to live with her for a year. She didn't save anything. She played the camera like a new guitar. She murdered herself out taking pictures..." - Richard Prince

"I'm often uncomfortable taking pictures, especially if people are grieving, or hurt, or hungry. At such times I have to remind myself that I'm a photographer and that this is my job." - Eugene Richards

"I wanted to make pictures that felt natural, that felt like seeing, that did' feel like taking something in the world and making a piece of art out of it." - Stephen Shore

"Everyone has a point of view. Some people call it style, but what we're really talking about is the guts of a photograph. When you trust your point of view, that's when you start taking pictures." - Annie Leibovitz

"Dali likes me taking his picture because he is interested in pictures that do not simply reproduce reality. Even in photos he prefers to appear outside reality .That is surrealistic!" - Philippe Halsman

"[Elsa Dorfman]was well known. Certainly in the Boston area, she's well known as a portrait photographer. My wife always wanted to meet her and then there was some benefit where she was taking pictures." - Errol Morris

"&1057;ommercial hip-hop is not youth rebellion, not when the heroes of hip-hop like Puffy are taking pictures with Donald Trump and the heroes of capitalism - you know that's not rebellion. That's not "the street" - that's Wall Street." - Saul Williams

"I always took pictures, but about five or six years ago, I started taking more behind the scenes at SNL, and now I have some 60,000 photos sitting on my laptop." - Jason Sudeikis

"The idea of somebody being a fan of something I can totally understand. The idea of being followed around by cameras or people taking pictures of you eating a hamburger, I kind of have trouble even imaging it." - Rachelle Lefevre

"I find myself in situations that I know would be unbelievable pictures and I have to gauge, Is this worth taking the camera out? Am I gonna lose the moment? Am I gonna get a dirty look from Sting?" - John Mayer

"When you start thinking about taking pictures, sending an e-mail, receiving an e-mail, speaking into your phone and have it transcript voice into text and then sent as an e-mail, it's mind-boggling." - Steve Largent

"My stepfather gave me a Kodak camera when I was 17 years old. I started working at a local photo store in Le Havre, France, taking passport pictures and photographing weddings." - Patrick Demarchelier

"We spend our spare time taking care of little things. I can watch a little bit of college and professional football if I want to... Our favorite pastime is trying to take pictures of our hometowns from space." - Kevin A Ford

"Tweets? That stuff kills conversation. And people taking pictures with their phone or recording you, sometimes surreptitiously, is creepy. They come up and just start talking to you, and you can see the red light on their phone." - Robin Williams

"As far as putting stuff on social media, I think Instagram is really cool because I like the visual aspect. You're taking pictures, and you can put a filter on them, and it's super creative." - Ross Lynch

"I began taking pictures in the natural world to be able to show people what I was experiencing when I climbed and explored in Yosemite in the High Sierra." - Galen Rowell

"Make no mistake: Bob Ritchie's up early in the morning taking pictures of his son on the first day of his senior year. Kid Rock is passed out in a hotel room somewhere with four scantily-clad women." - Kid Rock

"I get really restless when I haven't worked for a day and a half. I have a recurring dream that people are lined up next to my bed, waiting for autographs and taking pictures of me!" - Taylor Swift

"When I go outside of L.A., no matter where it is, really anywhere I go, people will be stopping me or taking pictures or whatever it is. And it's great. It's amazing. I'm just lucky." - Michael Welch

"Why take notes? The obvious reason is to remember. Visual note-taking translates what we hear into pictures that give context, color, and meaning. By adding symbols, visual metaphors, likenesses of people, and room layouts, we add several dimensions." - Tom Wujec

"You earn very little money on independent films and I'm the provider for my home, so I do have to think of taking one for the accountant time and again and that means studio pictures." - Vera Farmiga

"I really don't like going out anymore. I used to love it, but now it's not fun. I'd rather have friends come over and hot have to worry about crazy people taking pictures." - Paris Hilton

"What I learned from Lennon was something that did stay with me my whole career, which is to be very straightforward. I actually love talking about taking pictures, and I think that helps everyone." - Annie Leibovitz

"They were taking pictures and everything. When we got down off the plane, the minute Elvis made his appearance at the door of the plane, the screaming got even worse." - Minnie Pearl

"There is a lot of years in my 20s that acting was really on the back burner not even saying I was traveling and writing, taking pictures and just kind of living and figuring out what I wanted to do." - Craig Olejnik

"Actually, documentary pictures include every subject in the world - good, bad, indifferent. I have yet to see a fine photograph which is not a good document." - Berenice Abbott

"An artist who makes pictures that look good but express nothing is like a writer whose words sound good but have no meaning." - Gerald Brommer

"When you look at a film like 'The Ides of March' or 'Good Night, and Good Luck' even, those are really contained pictures." - Grant Heslov

"When you work fast, what you put in your pictures is what your brought with yoiu - your own ideas and concepts. When you spend more time on a project, you learn to understand your subjects. There comes a time when it is not you who is taking the pictures. Something special happens between the photographer and the people he is photographing. He realizes that they are giving the pictures to him." - Sebastiao Salgado

"We are surrounded by pictures; we have an abundance of theories about them, but it doesn't seem to do us any good. Knowing what pictures are doing, understanding them, doesn't seem necessarily to give us power over them." - William J. Mitchell



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