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The Top 11 Things Photographers Wish They Learned in Photo School

From those nice people Photoshelter

“We’ve all learned a lesson “the hard way.” We all wish we paid more attention in school. We all think that life would have been easier if someone just taught us that one really important lesson.

I decided to ask a few of photographers what they wished they learned earlier in their career. I asked them to think of an experience that happened in their life that would have been better if they had learned something earlier.”


5 Tips On How To Shoot Killer Portrait Photography by Jim Jordan

This really excellent article on Photoshelter is full of advice and help in how to get great portrait images, even if some of the examples are outside most of our opportunities. Photoshelter is a great blog and one worth bookmarking and following

Jim Jordan is a widely sought-after fashion, celebrity, lifestyle, and kids photographer based out of Los Angeles and New York City. Some of his notable clients include Vogue, Elle, J.Crew, and Mercedes Benz. He’s also taken portraits for major celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Drew Berrymore, and Charlize Theron.

We wanted to learn more about Jim’s creative process from start to finish – so I picked Jim’s brain and walked away with his top 5 tips on how to shoot killer portrait photography.”

Top photographers inspiational tips

From the Photoshelter site the thoughts and words from 8 top professional photographers, inspirational and worthwhile if you follow their advice

Eight top professional photographers reveal their insight into finding inspiration. Our free handbook links to video interviews with each photographer, including: Corey Rich, Tim Mantoani, Scott Strrazzante, Ami Vitale, Casey Templeton, Robert Seale, Brian Peterson, and Michael Schwarz.

What’s Inside?

Finding inspiration for your work is a lifelong pursuit. For photographers, the challenge can be more significant since our job as visual storytellers is a creative one. Uncovering sources of inspiration can be challenging, and that difficulty is compounded by the daily grind of our work and home life. Each photographer covers a different topic on various aspects of inspiration. A brief synopsis of their thoughts are provided along side a “top 10” list of items that they feel are important.

What You’ll Learn:

Inspiration sometimes strikes at random, but top notch pros cultivate their own inspiration, and engage in activities that keep them fresh and inspired. Watch the compendium of videos or read the handbook for each photographer’s quick tips. Inspiration is just a click away!


I thought I would find some inspiration photos for you so typed that into google, what a surprising load of rubbish so here are some from the greatest photographers ever

William Eggleston

Robert “If your pictures aren’t good enough you aren’t close enough” Capa

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Sabastiao Salgado

Elements of truth

This funny article has so many elements of the truth, if you are a photographer you will recognise these situations and grind your teeth, from those nice people at Photoshelter


I use this Koudelka image to illustrate