Things that seem simple and just taken for granted for me, might not be so to someone else. These apply to rules, mannerisms and how you conduct yourself – whether professionally or as an enthusiast. Here I’ve compiled the commandments I believe in, but please submit yours too!
These are intended to be both serious and fun. Let’s all knock our heads together and nut out a massive list of commandments! I’ll add to the list as I can think up more!
^ Respect others, always ask someone if you're going to take their photo...
In study and research
Thou shalt study the basic principles of colour, light and tone.
Thou shalt research the masters of photography, contemporary artists and practicing professionals:
We’re not the first to create images with a camera, and we won’t be the last.
Study who you want to become, watch what they do, how they do it. Look at an image and critically deconstruct the elements. Ask yourself questions, dig into it. Don’t be afraid.
Thou shalt participate in forums and clubs/groups where thine can receive constructive criticism:
Thou shalt always respect thy elders and any other soul who is with you:
Thou shalt always have a camera with you, wherever you go:
Thou shalt not plonk oneself in one spot and refuse to move for the entire time:
Thou shalt always acknowledge the presence of other photographers shooting at/in the same location as you. Thou shalt furthermore ask when moving yourself around, whether you are accidently appearing in someone’s shot:
Thou shalt NEVER, EVER steal another photographers’ work and claim it to be your own:
Thou shalt never leave the house before checking that one has ample batteries and memory cards:
Thou shalt behave properly online:
Thou shalt never ask for advice then attack the person that gave it to you:
Thou shalt never leave the house without clean lenses and equipment:
In Post Production
Thou shalt never use selective desaturation:
Thou shalt exercise restraint when posting images online:
Thou shalt never judge another for their choice of brand or equipment: