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5 Quotes On Simplicity And How You Can Apply Them In Your Photography

5 Quotes on Simplicity and How You Can Apply Them in Your Photography

Nature Photography Simplified blog is born based on the idea of simplicity. I wanted to make a blog that has every concept simplified to the best possible extent.

Most of the appreciations that I got from the readers is that concepts are made very simple and were very helpful in improving their photography. I feel I am on the right track.

Let us celebrate the simplicity today with these 5 fantastic quotes and see how these can be applied to photography.

Before we get to the quotes, I want to make an announcement that the below logo (designed by my friend Sharad Nagal) will be the official logo for my blog and my portfolio website.

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Do you like it? Do let me know in your comments.

Quote #1

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ~ Confucius

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I coined the tagline for this blog based on this quote – “Photography is simple unless you complicate it

Isn’t it always true that we complicate things unnecessarily? How many times have you thought that you ended up making a mess out of something so simple?

When you started photography, you would have gone through tons and tons of blogs, books, videos, and so on. Isn’t it?

How much of that was really helpful?

Did the debate about Canon vs Nikon help? Did the endless reading about which camera or lens is the best help? Did higher Megapixel help? Did Crop vs Full frame debate help?

I bet they just wasted your quality time and nothing else!

Take a moment and think about it now. What did really help you so far?

I think it’s the time you spent taking photographs and practicing what you learned…isn’t it?

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Quote #2

“Simplicity is the glory of expression.” ~ Walt Whitman

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It is hard to express something that is beautiful, isn’t it?

Imagine you have been to Yosemite National Park or Grand Canyon or some other beautiful place. Would you be able to express how beautiful the place was by talking about it for hours?

Maybe up to some extent, but not to a point where the other person could feel it exactly the way you felt. They might even get bored and start to feel that you are bumping it up too much.

What if you show them some photographs instead? They will have a whole new feeling about the place, isn’t it?

If you have expressed your feelings with simplicity in each and every photograph, then you just don’t have to utter a word.

Why simplicity? Because the viewer will understand it and embrace it!

Quote #3

I feel that the simplicity of life is just being yourself.” – Bobby Brown

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This quote might have many meanings based on the context. But what it means to me when it comes to photography and blogging is that I feel satisfied if I follow my instincts. In fact, most often I get comments stating that my style is simple and unique. That makes me very happy!

If you want to make a photographs like someone else, or if you want to learn as quickly as someone else does, or if you want to follow someone else’s style, and so on, then you are losing your uniqueness. This will create unnecessary pressure and tension, which will make matters worse.

This means you have defeated the actual purpose of photography in the first place. Photography is a medium to express yourself through photographs. If you are not following your heart, then you are not expressing yourself!

Creativity flows only when you are unified with the nature and enjoying that moment as it is without prejudices. In other words, you are living in the present.

It’s rather very simple to be yourself than someone else. Why not be yourself and follow what your heart says? Everything else will follow!

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Quote #4

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion.  These three are your greatest treasures.”  Lao Tzu

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I think I have the same three things to teach in this blog 🙂

Simplicity is in the name of this blog. My problem is that I can’t easily understand the complex concepts. Most often when I have to understand a new concept and if it looks too much for me, I will just put it off for days together.

When it becomes inevitable, then I will get back to it and try to simplify the concept as much as I can. At the end of it I want to have a clear mental imagery of the concept. This will make my life much easier and I remember it for the rest of my life.

That’s the secret behind my blog and my writings. I have the mental map of every concept that I know, I just have to give it a flow 🙂

Patience is a synonym for any worthwhile photograph, especially concerning the nature. Time and tide waits for none 🙂

Having compassion for your subjects is of primary importance to make sure that you live and let others live.

Quote #5

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”  Hans Hofman

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You must read this quote couple of times. It is the basis of creating good photographs.

Often times photographers tend to assume that their subject is obvious. But it would not be the case. Why?

Because everyone will have different emotional connect with the subject.

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If you show a photograph of a silhouette of a Seagull (covering a tiny portion of the image) against a breathtaking Sunset on the Chicago skyline, then what do you think that a viewer would deduce out of that photograph.

A bird photography enthusiast might guess that your main subject is a Seagull, but for everyone else it’s a distraction!

If you want your photograph to speak with everyone, then you have to make it obvious in the frame. Everything else in the frame should be eliminated to give emphasis only on the main subject of interest.

I hope you enjoyed these 5 fantastic quotes on simplicity and are inspired enough to make simple compositions.

Do let me know your views this in your comments. Also mention any other quotes on simplicity that you like.

In the next article, we will look at 5 more quotes on simplicity and how you can apply them to improve your photography.

Till then…Take Care!

Prathap

Prathap is a passionate nature photographer and founder of Nature Photography Simplified blog. He aims to simplify every photography concept to help beginners and amateur photographers. His FREE eBook "Bird Photography – 10 Mistakes and Solutions" has been instrumental in helping thousands of bird photographers. Download it right now to jumpstart your bird photography.

This Post Has 34 Comments
  1. You have such away of puitting words and information into your articles that it is a pleasure to sit and spend time re-reading and trying to put them in to place in order to obtain the maximum benefits.

    It is one of the few photographic articles on the net which I visit on a regular basis and always find something new in interesting.

    Your bird photographs are such an inspiration and touch a very soft spot in my love of nature.

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and photographs.

  2. Hi Prathap.
    I have learned a great deal from you but there is always something extra in the way you convey your message which I respect and admire.
    To gain a persons respect and admiration means you have reached out and touched them.
    Thank you.
    Alex.

  3. Thank you very much for the e-books etc.
    ! am definitely one of your most loyal followers and am waiting for
    your next e-book / further learning.
    In my opinion there is nothing on the internet that comes close to
    your manner of teaching.
    I have been submitting my bird photographs to salons but could not
    get an acceptance.
    Thanks to you I am now on the right track.
    Thank you kindly.

    1. Hi Ben Denner, I am honored to get such an appreciation. Thank you for being so kind.
      I can assure you that my upcoming eBook will be one of its kind. I am trying my best to keep it very simple and completely practical. I hope I can keep this promise 🙂
      Thank you for reminding me about Salons. You need to play differently to get accepted in a Salon. I have few pointers that I want to share. Will do it soon.
      Good luck and thank you!

  4. Alex Said

    Hi Prathap.
    I have learned a great deal from you but there is always something extra in the way you convey your message which I respect and admire.
    To gain a persons respect and admiration means you have reached out and touched them.
    Thank you.
    Alex.

    My thoughts exactly, Thankyou my friend
    Ron Australia

  5. Prathap,

    Love the quotes and the pictures. Have been an avid hiker, backpacker and outdoorsman, but just really began to step up from being a “picture taker” to a “true photograph and artist” and really enjoy you guidance and wisdom on this great journey.

    Thank you,

    Bill

    1. Thank you so much! Bill. Your hobby does seem to be very well suited for photography. As a hiker you would generally be able to go to some unexplored places and make some unique images. I wish I was a hiker. I am bit lazy when it comes to carrying my equipment a very long way 🙂
      I wish you all the very best. Thank you!

  6. Dear Prathap,

    I purchased my first ever dslr just 15days ago and since then have been reading a lot of online articles regarding compositional rules, light and so on. But, after finding your blog I am considering those all just waste of my precious time. Your unique way of sharing knowledge is just incomparable. I count myself lucky because I don’t have to go anywhere to learn about simple photographic technique. Btw, I have a small request to you to add something on histogram like shadow and highlight clipping and how to avoid them etc. I have always found them complicated, but don’t know why 🙂 . God bless you.

  7. Hi Prathap,

    I started reading your articles one-by-one.

    Logo is good.., Eagle eye.., always eagle will fix the target and attack the target. It resembles your blog goal.., your target is SIMPLICITY and you are on the track.

    All the 5 quotes are too good and the way you mapped to photography passion is simply superb.., these quotes also applicable to our normal day-to-day life.., keep continuing Prathap.., T

    Thanks,

    surez

    1. Hi Surez, Thank you so much for giving a spot-on analysis about my logo and my blog. Very much appreciated! I am glad that your thinking matches mine 🙂 I believe that simplicity is very very important in our life too. Thanks again!

  8. A great post Prathap and an interesting take on the need for simplicity in photography. The ‘be yourself’ part particularly resonates with me. I think too many people, myself included, spend too much time trying to imitate other people’s photos. I have to remind myself constantly that these are my shots, taken for me, by me.

    1. Thank you so much! Christian Staunton. I think ‘be yourself’ is not very natural to us because we grow up looking up to others and several times mimicking others. With constant practice and awareness we should be able to go in ‘be yourself’ route. Thanks for adding your thoughts.

  9. Simple things are best things, but difficult to build and explain. you have achieved both the things with an aplomb. Photography is an art of light and should be simple and clear like the ray of light.
    Thanks once again for such a simple article.

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