Nothing engraved on stone tablets, but some personal “backwards” observation on what, in my opinion, any photographer, professional or amateur, should avoid.

  1. Ignoring the other people’s work. It a little obvious, but I think there is always something to learn from others. The comparison is not only healthy to resize our ego, but also to grow professionally and personally.
  2. Being interested only in photography. If you genuinely love art and culture, in a broad sense, your photos will be more beautiful and interesting: try it.
  3. Being lazy. Do avoid as much as possible the routine: the same places, the usual shots.
  4. Having no respect for subjects. The models are not dolls, the buildings are not just piles of bricks and landscapes stones, sand, water and sky. Who does not enter into a deep relationship with what he shoots can only interpret so trite, cold and detached what he sees.
  5. Being not be opened to dialogue. Photography, believe me, is made primarily of words. You write to design, you relate with colleagues and who is present on the set, you are confronted with the public at workshops and conferences … the best photographers are the most constructively talkers (at least in my personal experience).
  6. Being obsessed by the desire to please the public and clients. At the base you have to like what you do and then you can convince the others. Without pride or vanity, but if you are not convinced of what you are doing, as you prostrate yourself does not satisfy you even the “end user” of our work.
  7. Avoiding to solve your limits. You do not know how to use the flash right? Your composition does not convince you? Well, it’s time to face your limits and to solve them, you will gain technical and personally.
  8. Being “full digital”: true life is not on socila media, the electronics is only a tool and a geek is not necessarily an artist.
  9. Being afraid of making mistakes. The performance anxiety and insecurity of your abilities block growing more than inadequate nutrition! If you do not experience it and if you do not mistakes it will be hard to became a mature author.
  10. Feeling like a “maestro”. Only after our departure, preferably at least a couple of centuries.