Twenty Insights on Being a Photographer

a presentation given to the RA Photo Club

Twenty Insights - Poster - webEveryone has a camera at the ready these days, but a camera does not a photographer make. Mike draws on four plus decades as an artist and photographer to distill twenty concise insights on photography and being a photographer.

Over the years, hundreds of accumulated details and bits of information slowly form up into patterns. I tried to sweep a few things into piles and summarize it as a concise principle.

A sampling of the principles introduced includes:

  • It’s not about the Subject, it’s about the Image
  • Don’t dilute Great with Good
  • “Impact” is an Emotional reaction
  • A Camera is a Musical Instrument that a Photographer Plays
  • Don’t point a Camera, point a Workflow
  • Crop until you Can’t

You can download the .pdf of the presentation.


Always great fun to be a part of things at the RA Photo Club – this evening was no exception – even if I did get an emergency tech support phone call from Ottawa Little Theatre 10 minutes before I was to start talking – but the show must go on! Lol.