Advice for Young Photographers


posted on 5th of september, 2008

In fact, I do realize this blog might not gain any credit for me since it is kind of copying and pasting. However, I sincerely recommend everyone who would like to be a photographer to read the below contents carefully and follow those classic roles to do practice everyday. These lessons are really useful from my own point of view at least. :-)

******Traub’s advice for young photographers is a list divided into “Dos” and Don’ts.” Here is an abridged version of the list:

Do something old in a new way.

Do something new in an old way.

Do something new in a new way. Whatever works, works.

Do it sharp—if you can’t, call it art.

Do fifty of them—you definitely will get a show.

Do it big—if you can’t do it big, do it red.

If you don’t know what to do, look up, or down—but continue looking.

Do celebrities—if you do a lot of them you’ll get a book.

Edit it yourself.

Design it yourself.

Publish it yourself.

Read Darwin, Marx, Freud, Einstein, Benjamin, McLuhan, and Barthes.

Construct your images from the edges inward.

If it’s the “real world,” do it in color.

If it can be done digitally, do it.

Be self-centered, self-involved, and generally entitled and always pushing—and damned to hell for doing it.


Don’t do it about yourself, your friend, or your family.

Don’t dare photograph yourself nude.

Don’t look at old family albums.

Don’t hand color it.

Don’t write on it.

Don’t use alternative processes—if it ain’t straight, do it in the computer.

Don’t gild the lily—a.k.a, less is more.

Don’t photograph indigent people—especially in foreign lands.

Don’t whine, Just produce.


(Copy from Charles Traub “The Education of a Photographer", established in 2006)

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Comments (2)

Posted by Lhj on September 07, 2008
Many thanks for your comments!
Posted by Maigi on September 06, 2008
:) Great list! Thanks for sharing!



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