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The 10 Most Popular Photography Tips: Classic, Cliché, or Crap?


There are a number of oft-repeated photography tips out there that have guided new photographers over the years. Here’s a 10-minute video in which Kai Wong examines 10 of the most popular tips and discusses whether they should be kept or killed.

Wong started by asking his 72,000+ followers on Twitter to suggest tips for him to examine:

Here’s a rundown of the 10 tips Wong picked and discusses in this video:

#1. It’s not the gear that matters, it’s the photographer.

#2. The best camera is the one that’s with you.

#3. Remember to remove your lens cap.

#4. If your photos are not good enough, you’re not close enough.

#5. Zoom with your feet.

#6. Shoot at Golden Hour and avoid midday.

#7. Buy a film camera. It will force you to slow down and think.

#8. The Rule of Thirds.

#9. Don’t put the horizon in the middle of the frame.

#10. Learn the rules and then break the rules.

“Photography is all about being creative, and you can get some sound advice from even the most cheesy of cliché tips,” Wong says. “But at the end of the day, it’s up to you […] Whoever’s tips you read, take what you want and use your own sense to create your own formula, not follow someone else’s.”