20 Quotes for Nature Photographers

Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park

Often times I find myself searching the internet for photography quotes.  Looking at what those who have come before us have to say about the medium can be helpful and cause us to consider photography in a different light.  There is also the added benefit of being inspired by the work of those who said the quote in the first place.

Below is a list of 20 of my favorite quotes for Nature Photography.  If you have any you think should be added to the list leave a comment below and we will do a follow up post when we have a good collection.  Please include the individual who said the quote as well.

  1. I think life is too short not to be doing something which you really believe in. -Steve McCurry
  2. “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” -Henri Cartier-Bresson
  3. “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.  When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”  -Ansel Adams
  4. The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it. -Ansel Adams
  5. “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” -Ansel Adams
  6. “You don't make a photograph just with a camera.  You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” -Ansel Adams
  7. "There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” -Ansel Adams
  8. “If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.” –Jim Richardson
  9.  “To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk.” -Edward Weston
  10. "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. -Albert Einstein 
  11. "Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein
  12. “Photography is a love affair with life.” -Burk Uzzle
  13. The two most engaging powers of a photograph are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.  -William Thackeray
  14. Photography is a medium, a language, through which I might come to experience directly, live more closely with, the interaction between myself and nature. - Paul Caponigro  
  15. “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” – Dorothea Lange
  16. “Of course it’s all luck.” –Henri Cartier-Bresson
  17. “Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” – Imogen Cunningham
  18. “You don’t take a photograph.  You ask, quietly, to borrow it.”  – Author Unknown
  19. “I find it some of the hardest photography and the most challenging photography I’ve ever done. It’s a real challenge to work with the natural features and the natural light”. – Galen Rowell
  20. "Taking picutres is savoring life intensely, every hundreth of a second -Marc Riboud