How to grow and get better at a photography

welcome my name is Noe and I’m a
photographer living in Seoul South Korea today I want to help you become a better
photographer this is not a listicle type of video and it’s not a do this do that
it’s more a conceptual video actually the secrets the secrets to being a good
photographer is not really a secret it’s kind of like when people tell you how to
lose weight you gotta eat less people don’t want to hear that
well the secret to being a good photographer is not littering not hidden
in gear but you you just have to go out and shoot a lot it’s easy to just stay
home and watch these YouTube videos about how to get better watching all
these tip videos just remember it’s not the camera or the lens that makes you a
better photographer even though in some cases it is the gear you know like the
the camera is not gonna wake you up at 3 a.m. to get you the golden
sunrise light off a mountain right camera can take your hiking camera can’t
choose the subject for you the shutter doesn’t tell you when to click it at the
right moment so don’t worry so much about the gear you should worry more
about growing yourself and then if you need gear like if if you find yourself
being limited by your equipment then you can upgrade whatever you need whether it
be a lens or camera so you see I’m not completely anti gear it’s just that I
personally believe these days cameras and lenses have reached a point where
there’s really nothing more they can do for you you know it’s like like many
things in life the way you get better is by actually doing them here’s what’s
going to happen stop you should shoot a lot like you should shoot all kinds of
things landscapes cityscapes portraits neo-noir macro maybe some creative
photography just try it all you know try all these things and naturally over time
you’re going to find yourself attracted to certain kinds of photography more
than others once you find your attraction once you realize ok this is
the kind of photography that I like then you’re gonna have to decide to pursue
that kind photography now I got into an argument
with someone about this he is a teacher to like photography teacher but his
country argument was if you tell someone to go out and shoot a lot they’re going
to learn bad habits you’re going to make mistakes and you know what that’s true
but you know habits can be overturned my logic my reasoning is it’s better for
you to go out and take some pictures and learn many things from that photoshoot
than to just stay home and not learn anything yeah maybe you learn one bad
habit but think of all the things you’re going to learn in the process of taking
those pictures so you should go out and shoot a lot and once you find something
you like and enjoy pursue it and that’s not going to limit you because you know
there’s many genres of photography including things like birding so if you
find yourself getting bored of one thing you just move on to another aspect of
photography that’s the beauty of it like you can never master photography because
there are so many things to learn don’t worry about the technicalities you’re
going to learn the technicalities you don’t have to learn them all in one hour
in one day in one week you’re going to learn all these things little by little
just give it time you know so now that you decided you want to I want to say
niche down but you want to concentrate your efforts into one aspect of
photography you’re gonna go out and shoot a lot I don’t mean a lot as unit
take a thousand photos in one photo shoot I mean you’re gonna go out every
day whenever you have time you’re gonna go out and shoot pictures but even
though you’re shooting more I want you to shoot less in each session like I go
out and shoot pictures every day and instead of just shooting every
everything you see of your niche of your choice or your concentration I want you
to think about each picture and I want you to basically plan your shots so
you’re shooting more in the way that you’re going out every day or whenever
you can to take more photos but when you’re actually shooting you consider
each photo you’re shooting less every time you go
out even though you’re going out more and you’re thinking you’re actively
thinking about your pictures of how you the angles or the lighting or how can
you make this picture better and just over time naturally you’re going to get
better you know stop jumping stop looking at the LCD screen every time you
take a photo you know time your photos like get the picture just right take
less shots don’t just take a million shots you know what I mean
but at the same time try shooting at different angles shooting at different
times of the day shooting with different lighting shooting with different lenses
you know wide zooms macros whatever just like get closer get further away plan
your shots you know like this is most especially important for things like
landscape photographers when I well I am still a landscape photographer you know
that’s actually how I started with photography I would basically get my
apps and look at which what time of the year the Sun would rise in which
location I will check the weather and make sure there’s some nice clouds
because you know it’s just blue it’s kind of boring I would check the dust
make sure the fine dust levels are perfect I would check the times like
make sure there’s not too many tourists during this time and once everything was
aligned I would go and I would take my shots and hopefully they come out right
now of course it’s different like for for landscape photographers you got a
plan all these kind of things you’re very technical for like street
photography you got a press the shutter at just the right moments like you’re
waiting for someone to smile you’re waiting for some kind of emotion to be
told you’re not just shooting wildly you know and just over time it becomes
natural to you like when I go out and take pictures I just see something I
like and I take the photo you know because these days I do mostly street
photography but I’m waiting for the right moment you know sometimes I’ve
been known to wait at some spot for like three hours just for the right picture
and I even have some videos I’ll put a link down below where I where I’m
actually waiting the right bright colors and the right
person to come by and usually when I wait for hours I would take a tripod but
like the rest of the time I’m just kind of shooting if we have yeah it’s very
different disciplines you know landscape photography lots of planning make sure
everything is perfect tree photography a lot more spontaneous portraits are my
weakness as everybody knows here I don’t pretend to know about portraits but I
will tell you that if you’re going to be a portrait photographer you do need you
need to focus on some good lighting you know that’s that’s the one takeaway I
know is that you need good lighting whether it be a flash or speed lights or
softbox is something you know you need that and well that’s just what I’m
learning these days the third part is something to just kind of keep you
growing as a photographer like I said there’s many disciplines of photography
you can’t learn everything at once you know it’s even over many years even
or over a lifetime I don’t think you can learn everything about photography
because there’s always something new you should study other photographers art you
need to get out of the mindset of taking photos into the mindset of making photos
right you’re a photographer you’re an artist you are making the picture we
don’t see even even the photographers that try to capture everything as it is
in real life we don’t see photography through still images or to poki or
anything like that so it’s still an art so you should study the works of other
photographers go to museums buy art books I just the most recent art book I
bought is by my one of my favorite photographers Leah mom he actually came
to Seoul I had the chance to shoot with him and he’s one of my inspirations you
know you should check them out I think you would like him very much you should
buy photography books and if you can’t buy them you know I used to go to the
bookstores and just like Barnes and Noble
grabbed up a few photography books and just sit there at Starbucks looking
through each book and oh I like this is very cool you get lots of ideas if you
see something you like I’m not gonna try I’m not going to tell you to copy them
but it kind of helps you know you’re not gonna copy though everything you’re just
gonna be the concept of the image like try to
break down how they took an image like the day you spoke it did they use a slow
shutter speed did they use flash while moving the camera these kind of things
you know like what time did they go out and take the photo why did they take the
photo this way and not the other way study the contact sheets of the great
photographers because sometimes you think a photographer is great because they
take many wonderful images but the reality is not every picture is going to
be great like you look at the contact sheets of other photographers and you
see they shot they work the area like there are so many shots many
different angles and then maybe out of one roll they have one nice photograph
I’m very much the same way people look at my pictures they think they’re great
but what they don’t see are my failures in fact there sometimes days weeks where
I go out and I take ton of photos and there’s not one good picture that I’m
happy with even the pictures I take now that I like I’m not happy with them you
know what I mean don’t be afraid of making mistakes in photography mistakes
are the ultimate teacher and mistakes are how you’re going to learn you don’t
even have to show your mistakes to anyone you know you just if you want
maybe you do it at some point but mistakes help you grow so those are
basically my tips you know study other photographers go to museums get their
books you don’t have to buy them they will help you continue to grow as a
photographer and if for some reason you feel stuck in a rut which I know
sometimes I feel that way try something new these days I like trains macro stuff
thank you rock Trek for introducing me to the world of macro and I don’t really
show those pictures to anyone because I’m still not content with them but you
know I’m going to get them better and here and there I’m working with
portraits portraits are my weakness even though people say they like my portraits
I still don’t feel confident in them I do weddings I do events I do all that
stuff but I hate it you know I don’t like that kind of photography it’s what
pays the bills you know so it’s you kind of have to do it so anyways I hope you
like this video and actually I’m going to be making a
website well I have a website but I’m going to be making a subsection to my
website where I upload more videos just things just things that I want to get
out here on YouTube but I don’t want to I don’t want to get too real because you
know people get offended people don’t like it and I don’t want to give off the
wrong impression no so I also want to talk about some lenses but I don’t want
to load them here on YouTube because I think YouTube is too saturated with that
kind of stuff but these are all vintage lenses that nobody really talks about
and there’s very little information about them so I want to make these
videos and load them to another website that’s not YouTube and for people who
are looking for that kind of information that’s a little passion of mine alike
and yeah that’s really all I have to say so I’ll see you around


  1. 김은자 October 31, 2019 at 12:45 pm


  2. Noealz - Rain Photographer October 31, 2019 at 12:45 pm

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  3. Chris Loomis October 31, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Street is great at night in SE Asia. Daytime too hot…people not out.
    I also am starting into 4×5 imaging.
    Get bored doing just digital.

  4. Pedro Miguel da Silveira October 31, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Very nice!
    Keep up with the good work ?

  5. Michael Bryant October 31, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    If the lens reviews are not on YT… upload here please… I buy old lenses here and there as often as I can just to see what the look of it is.. I also have a playlist of Lens info etc , so if possible and it is an unusual lens please upload here , Thanks Noe!!

  6. Sebastian Uribe October 31, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    "Don't take photos, make photos" what a good way to put it. Great advices man, I would love to see your "contact sheets" since you are one of my favorite and a big source of inspiration. Also now that I realize, have you tough on putting together a book? I would definitely buy it 🙂

  7. malmedia October 31, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Maybe you could make a video going over some of your images that you might think are "ok" but do not meet your standards to display or print. Let us know what it is about those image that you feel make them sub standard to you. Or show us some examples where your first attempt(s) were not to your liking, but then by trying again that day or a different day in the same location or of the same subject you got the image that you thought was good. If you already have one of those videos, let me know. I would love to see it.

  8. RS October 31, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Just saw Huangs World in Seoul on Viceland !!
    Interesting stuff.
    Thomas A. Edison Quote.: I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.

  9. Mik Milman October 31, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    That bad habbits argument seems ridiculous.

  10. Harry Cunningham October 31, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    I agree.. The most improvement comes from shooting and then reflecting on your images. However inspiration is very important. Question! How long did it take you before you found the things that you want to regularly shoot (your style) e. G Neon Street and anime photos? I feel like I'm shooting everything and I'm not sure what my specific style is

  11. neoavenir October 31, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Thank you, this was needed, thank you my friend. ?✨

  12. JayGrapher.Th October 31, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    great talk, out of all the other content creators they focus on growing on IG and one must pick a style but how does one learn if they limit themselves too soon. and one of your many message to go out shoot more but also more things is meaningful , and sharing you are doing other styles to learn but not show because its not up to standard yet is nice.
    all im saying , the videos that talk about growing IG should at least have a warning message about how one should take more photos and experiment before moving to the next step.
    also looking forward to your videos on your website, , totally understand if youtube isnt the place to talk about certain topics if you feel that way. Ill just like to ask that you mention at the end or beginning of the video if you have uploaded a video to your website as well.
    thank you

  13. The Monochrome Memoirs October 31, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Nice one bruv! Would def like to see a video on your vintage lenses

  14. Ernesto Tamayo October 31, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    hey man even if you do upset for being real at least you were, I respect that.

  15. Charles Dunkley November 1, 2019 at 1:05 am

    I've realized I am being held back by gear. But only in that I have only a few manual focus prime lenses and I really do need an auto focus zoom lens for some of the photos I've started to take at work. I'm the IT Manager but I've started taking event photos at work on my own and that's where I really do need a auto focus zoom lens to nail more of those shots. But as for shooting for myself, while just walking around, I'm enjoying going out with a manual lens and learning to shoot within that lens' limitations. Great video Noealz!

  16. Yoann Panda November 1, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Can’t agree more with this one ! ?

  17. Lindsay Kravit November 1, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Yooo, I bought my first two vintage lenses today! Helios 61H for my Nikon and Super Takumar 55mm for my Fuji. Thanks for the encouragement <3

  18. Run N Gun November 2, 2019 at 2:03 am

    No list? How shall I learn? Great talk my friend. It's the journey, not the destination. It's about the work YOU, the photographer, put in.

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