This is a continuation of a series – you can find the others here https://photofocus.com/2012/11/30/for-what-its-worth-three-more-things-it-took-me-a-long-time-to-learn-about-photography/ and here https://photofocus.com/2012/11/29/for-what-its-worth-three-things-it-me-a-long-time-to-learn-about-photography/.
1. You cannot cheat time. You can’t become a rockstar without learning the chords. You can’t become a brain surgeon without going to medical school. You can’t become an overnight success. You have to put in the time. Lots of it. You have to be patient. This applies to being in the field. You can’t rush a photograph. Everything has to be right. You have to wait on the subject and the light.
2. The more you know about your subject (person, place or thing) the better your photographs will be. Spend time researching, interviewing and getting to know the subject of your photograph. This will give you insights to things others can’t see.
3. The camera looks both ways. Don’t forget to smile at people when you are making their portrait. If they have a scowl on their face, chances are you do too. It also makes you less ominous, and scary.
Take it for what its worth. I hope it helps.