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.
Do you like it? Do let me know in your comments.
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?
“Simplicity is the glory of expression.” ~ Walt Whitman
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!
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!
“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” Lao Tzu
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.
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” Hans Hofman
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.
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!