50 Quick Photography Tips in Less Than 15 Minutes

Kai over at DigitalRev put together this video that offers photography advice in burst mode: 50 (or 49) short and sweet tips in less than 15 minutes. If you take yourself too seriously, be warned: the tips are presented in Kai’s trademark “infotainment” style.

If you’d rather not watch the 13 minute video, here are the tips in text form thanks to Reddit user blufox4900:

  1. UV filters are a waste of time
  2. Lens hoods aren't a necessity
  3. If you're not using the hood, put it away
  4. Don't treat your DSLR like it's your baby
  5. Stop hating on others
  6. Get cheap lens caps
  7. Pack light
  8. Use a zoom for convenience
  9. Prime will make you think more
  10. The 35mm is the most practical one lens setup (on the 1.5 crop)
  11. The 50mm looks better
  12. Better cameras don’t make better photos
  13. Know how your camera works before you go out to shoot
  14. Always be ready for the shot
  15. P-mode isn't just for beginners
  16. Bump the ISO if needed
  17. Auto ISO is your best friend
  18. Rely on the Rule of Thirds
  19. Take lots of shots
  20. Don't take photos of any old sh*t
  21. "If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough" — Robert Capa
  22. Contemplate your shot
  23. The best equipment doesn't help if you're not standing in the right spot
  24. Sharpness is overrated
  25. Concept is king
  26. Don't look like a wrongun (i.e. a creep)
  27. Don't drink and shoot
  28. Shoot when you're full of energy
  29. Sometimes it feels great to wake up really early and shoot
  30. Think about what light you want
  31. Emulate the style of the greats to get started
  32. …but don't keep doing it
  33. Photography is as much a reflection of the person taking the photo
  34. Shoot to please no one apart from yourself
  35. Discreet or direct — it isn't all that important
  36. Setting themes keeps you focused
  37. Change things every once in a while to keep things fresh
  38. Everyone has creative blocks
  39. Be critical of yourself
  40. "Seeing is not enough, you have to feel what you photograph" — Andre Kertesz
  41. You need to be there with the camera
  42. The relationship is about you and the subject, not you and the camera
  43. Stop chimping
  44. Be brutal when it comes to deleting awful photos
  45. Show only your best work
  46. Changing photos to B&W doesn't make an uninteresting shot interesting
  47. Look at other people's work
  48. Post your work online, let others critique your work
  49. There is no easy way
  50. ???

(via DigitalRev via Reddit)

  • LaurieMann

    I agree with “Show Your Best Work.”  I don’t understand why people persist in uploading every photo they take.  I delete anything that doesn’t look clean (unless it was a one-of-a-kind shot).  Also, pay attention when you you have the chance to watch professional photographers shoot.  I do some extra work and recently decided to have professional head shots done.  I learned so much about how to pose and photograph people in the half hour I was shot by a pro.  

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    Love it. hahah. It annoys me when people criticise Kai and his videos – the guy is clearly loving life and what he’s doing, more people need to be like that. The haters are probably just jealous anyway.

  • Bev Currie

    Wasn’t #50, “Get a Mac”?

  • Pedro Rojas Jorquera

    i saw this last nite, i have to say i was laughing in the 50% of the tips, wich i knew from all the videos of DRTV since last year.

  • 9inchnail

    And never upload pictures right after you come home. Finish editing them and come back the next day. If you still like it, upload it. If not, delete it.
    I’ve experienced this myself, you upload a photo and a week later you look at it and think, why did I upload this? Can be embarrassing.

  • Matt

    #7, Pack light?  Can we have a video on that?  Not sure how its done ;) 

  • Osmosisstudios

    I just cant stand his voice and way of presenting himself.  If everything was done exactly the same way by anyone else, it’d probably be a riot, but Kai just has this thing about him that makes my skin crawl.

  • Me

    This guy is a BOZO and annoying and always pass on his reviews and take his opinions with a grain of salt…lol

  • branden rio

    One zoom, one fast prime, camera. Done.

  • Rohit kothari

    well for this i guess you dont need  any video just pack things which you thing is really necessary like if you are not doing any night shoot dont bring tripod take less lenses with you

  • Viral Videos

    Just read the tips. Don’t make the mistake of pressing play on the video. I made it 25 seconds in before it became apparent that the dude is kind of annoying and tries too hard to be cutesy.

  • Jared Monkman

    People either love or hate Kai, I personally enjoy his sense of humour, and always take the time to listen to his reviews. 

  • Manwithacamera

     Problem is most of the people cant judge which is their best photo :)

  • Michelle Elle

    Better cameras don’t make better photos, but better lenses do. ;)
    Thanks for the great tips.

    Michelle E.

  • Valter Fabiano Balthazar

    You’re so funny, great tips!

  • Alejandro Ramirez

    very funny as always, I like these videos

  • newamericanclassic

    just had to comment on the first one–“UV filters are a waste of time, their only job is to PROTECT the lens” ………”

    but otherwise, cute/funny video :)

  • Kok Yoon Lee

    I swear by my lens hoods. Protects from ghosting and flares as well as physical damage to my lens. So I don’t agree with #2.

  • Dave

     I think the point is that yes, they may protect the lens from an impact, but they take your multi-hundred or thousand dollar computer design fine optic and degrade the image with a flat piece of glass. Shooting through uncorrected glass causes distortion and degradation of the image.

  • Caio Kallas Vasconcellos

    UV filters are actually extremely useful for keeping your lenses clean, and to protect the front element. Also Macs are a waste of money if you are not really into a LOT of editing.

  • Photopmc

    Kai you ROCK!!!