Photography quotes from the greats

CameraHey, we can all use a little inspiration sometimes. Something to motivate us to get out there with our cameras.  Here is a collection of some of our favorite quotes about photography from some of our favorite masters. Enjoy!


“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!”

– Ted Grant


“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

– Ansel Adams


“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” 

– Dorothea Lange


“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”

– Henri Cartier-Bresson


“If your pictures aren’t good enough you’re not close enough.” 

-Robert Capa


“Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment.” 

– Elliott Erwitt


“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” 

– Matt Hardy


“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” 

– Imogen Cunningham


“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.”

– Ansel Adams


“Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more curious nature will ask ‘why’. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.” 

– Man Ray


“If the photographer is interested in the people in front of his lens, and if he is compassionate, it’s already a lot. The instrument is not the camera but the photographer.”

– Eve Arnold


“If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it.” 

– Jay Maisel


We hope these quotes from some of the late great and still great photographers of our era are good motivators. Also, if you need a photo editor to edit some of your photos, you have come to the right place! Check out Fotor online photo editor for all of your photo editing needs!


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