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May 28, 2007

The DO’s & DON’Ts of Photography

Filed under: Lists,Nonsensical/Randomness — chantal @ 12:20 am

I think I found this list via Christian Patterson’s blog a while ago, but I always re-read it when I’m in the mood for a giggle. It’s totally tongue-in-cheek, but with a hint of truth and relevance.

Here are a few of my favorites from the list:

Don’t: Band photos What? Why are these four guys so mad at me? And why are they standing in front of a trash-strewn vacant lot? Who are you guys, a tough gang from the bad part of town?
Nope, you are every [f-ing] band ever, and you are so boring to look at it makes me dizzy.

Don’ts: Fish-eye lenses, Fashion, spelling it “Foto”

Do: Internet Second-best to finding an amazing print in the garbage is stumbling across some lunatic’s website. The Internet is the photo voyeur’s Emerald City, and Google image search is like being God.

Don’ts: Interiors, calling photos “Images,” Ink cartridges, Infrared film

Do: Quick reflexes Good photographing is like a sport. You have to be fast, strong (cameras are heavy as shit), agile and hyperaware. It’s no coincidence that Spider-Man is such a good photographer.

Don’t: Road trips Emo kids have sold this romantic ideal and ultimate picture-taking bonanza so far down the river that now, on its back in a jagged script the whip scars actually spell out: Who cares?

Dos: Snapshots, Stealing Souls, Slide Shows, Self-timers, Stereographs, Starburst filters, Slaves, Sally Mann

Do: Us Weekly The photography in Us Weekly is like a cheap, super hot whore who rubs your feet and swallows your load. It perfectly serves its purpose: to be entertaining, informative, and disposable.

Read the complete list here on :

DOs & DON’Ts of Photography



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