10 Lessons From Ansel Adams


Ten Lessons from Ansel Adams

A good photograph is knowing where to stand.

Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.

A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.

Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.


Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.

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

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.

We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium.

When I’m ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I’m interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without.



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