After re-acquiring Nadia, the Nikon D90 this weekend, I was getting nostalgic of the images made in the past and reminding myself of ideas, tips, tricks and techniques that helped guide me through the years. These reminders are things that I wished I knew back then and can be applied at any time.

  1. Film photography one day, digital next day.
  2. Try more black and white. Perfect for almost every image.
  3. A prime lens is the best lens you can take with you.
  4. There is always something to shoot. Even if it is the same old thing. Try different angles and lighting.
  5. The iPad is an amazing post processing digital lab.
  6. Rotate your cameras for different shooting sessions. Use a different lens. Change it up.
  7. Drop social media. Who cares what they think?
  8. Enjoy the benefits of exercise, fun and photography. With trail hikes, or city streets stop and snap.
  9. Bad photos are better than no photos.
  10. Is this image good enough to print and hang in your room? No? Keep going.
  11. Street photography is best when the streets are active or not in a small town.
  12. Keep shooting, striving.
  13. Invest in photo software that fits your workflow, not the other way around.
  14. Maintain your website with a blend of your past favorites as well as your modern images. Share thoughts behind each image.
  15. Ask yourself why you shoot. Editorial? Documenting life? Memories?
  16. Photo walks are fun. Do this often.
  17. Photo road trips are worth it. Do this often.
  18. Going on on the photography road trip is a very productive practice.
  19. Go back to the basics with film photography. It makes us better digital photographers.
  20. Revisit older work with new eyes. Learn from it.
  21. Keep striving for that perfect image. You’ll never find it but, if you do, sell your camera and walk away.
  22. Stop wondering about other’s opinions.
  23. Master the art of composition.
  24. Stop buying gear, use what you have, master it.

Finally: 
Organize and archive your images now. Don’t wait until you have thirty years worth of images that have been stored on multiple drives, duplicated four times on each drive, uploaded to various cloud accounts, shared on social media. Save yourself the frustration and get it all together now. Organize on one massive hard drive and then back it up to a second hard drive too.

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