Finish This Sentence: My Pictures Would Be Better If…

It’s Monday. Let’s shake out the cobwebs from the weekend. Finish this sentence with your own words, from your own point of view about your own work:

My pictures would be better if _______________.

[feel free to substitute 'pictures' with 'art', 'writing', 'painting', whatever you like. BTW, my answer is first in the comments...]

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478 Responses to Finish This Sentence: My Pictures Would Be Better If…

  1. Chase April 18, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    My pictures would be better if I pushed harder, went farther, went deeper.

    • Jonathan Redman April 18, 2011 at 11:00 am #

      My videos would be better if I took the time to do those personal projects I keep talking about.

      • Mark Murfitt April 18, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

        My photographic art would be better if I had more time for the personal projects I keep telling myself I ought to be shooting.

    • Shane April 18, 2011 at 11:07 am #

      My videos would be better if I… actually believed that I could make a career taking photos, rather than talking myself out of it.

      • W April 18, 2011 at 11:35 am #

        I’m right there with you Shane! My photography would be better if I could just silence the negative voice in my head…

        • Chirag April 19, 2011 at 6:20 am #

          Same with me.

      • Mike April 18, 2011 at 11:46 am #

        Big hurdle for me too.

      • Dan Kaufman April 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

        ditto !

        • Chad April 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

          Amen!

    • JDS April 18, 2011 at 11:08 am #

      That’s what she said…

      • Tyler Green April 18, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

        Hahahahaha! My pictures would be better if I had more time to work on making them better.

    • Mina April 18, 2011 at 11:15 am #

      My pictures would be better if…

      MORE PEOPLE HAD A CHANCE TO SEE THEM!!! =)

      http://www.minacicconi.com
      http://www.facebook.com/minacicconiphotography

      • Ahmad April 18, 2011 at 11:27 am #

        Please remove the auto play in ur website its annoying and people would love the website better :)

        • Valeriy Veduta April 18, 2011 at 11:42 am #

          +1

        • sam April 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

          definately. cant stand websites where music, no matter how good, plays instantaneously

          http://exandwhy.co.uk

          • Ahmad April 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

            Music on website is good… But u should have the control over it… i hate auto plays

          • Michelle April 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

            Also, is the music licensed? I wonder how much Cee Lo charges for that :)

          • clyde April 18, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

            looks like you can stop the music from the pop-up toolbar right lower corner…

        • Andrew MacDonald April 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

          +1.

          Oh, and Mina, no need to keep adding the same comment to this article over and over again. You just make yourself look like a spammer instead of somebody interested in adding to the conversation.

      • Luca April 20, 2011 at 8:53 am #

        Mina you’re great!
        Without reading the other answer I’m sure yours is the best!

        • Anonymous April 22, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

          ko9h

      • Corné June 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

        Mina,

        I think your photos will be beter if you have the focus on your camera checked. All of the photos on your website “seem” (to me at least) to be slightly out of focus.

    • Mina April 18, 2011 at 11:15 am #

      My pictures would be better if…

      MORE PEOPLE HAD A CHANCE TO SEE THEM!!! =)

      http://www.minacicconi.com
      http://www.facebook.com/minacicconiphotography

      • Michael April 19, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

        I agree! The music – ***BLASTING*** from the get go is like WAAAAYYY totally ANNOYING!!!

    • Vuokko Vuorinnen April 18, 2011 at 11:19 am #

      my pictures would be better if I had a studio (a large room with white walls and backdrops)

    • Luke Blackett April 18, 2011 at 11:23 am #

      My Films would be better if I carried the knowledge from my last [project] and press forward to the creative edge with my next, without looking back.

    • Anghor April 18, 2011 at 11:51 am #

      My pictures would be better if I only stop wasting time for my daily work and spent it on taking pictures. Unfortunately unreal…

    • Ghislain April 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

      My pictures would be better if I started having more customer. If I would free my mind during a photoshoot and stop thinking about my light, have an assistant to check that with me and I would only concentrate on making a perfect shot!

      My pictures would be better if I would drop my full time job, forget about useless stress and really have fun while I do what I love most.

      • ChrisKluepfel April 20, 2011 at 11:29 am #

        Dito!
        My Pictures/Videos would be better if I kicked my fulltimejob and made a living out of photo-/videography, not cared about the voice in my head that says you have to make at least a bit of money to get your own flat, live etc.

    • dragan April 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

      My pictures would be better if I would not always forget to put a cf card in to my camera.

      • Finbar April 28, 2011 at 3:11 am #

        That is why I LOVE the setting of my camera that I cannot shoot without a CF card, so I notice immediately that I am not loaded. Also have a spare CF card in your camera bag, so you always have one handy.

    • S Anwar April 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

      My pictures would be better if I could click pictures all the time so that I could learn more and more and more.

    • Brian Furbush April 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

      My pictures would be better if I took more time to evaluate and compose a scene before shooting away.

    • Michael April 18, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

      My pictures would be better if I put forth the extra effort in my personal projects and explored ideas farther.

    • kjfoto April 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

      Chase, is that even possible? Just following your blog, I get the sense that you might very well be one of, if not THE, hardest working photographer in the biz.

    • Jean-François April 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

      My pictures would be better if i could stop thinking and start feeling within the frame!

    • Michael P. Young April 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

      Holy cow dude! Of all the photographers that allow us a glimpse into their photography lives, I’m in awe of how hard you push, how far you go, and how deep you drive yourself into perfection (just reading your daily diary from the last shoot made me sweat, want to puke, and roll over dead just reading it)…so how much more of the three you state above could you push before you break!

      But here’s my answer, and it’s weak, but I think you will know what I mean..but comparing it to your answer makes me woozy…

      My pictures would be better if I never stop trying to be better.

    • Ed Johnson April 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

      My pictures would be better if I already knew the things I’m learning about photography every day.

    • Renee April 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

      go harder, further & deeper …. am i just being extremely shallow …. or is that SUCH a “boy” answer ?? hehe … Love your art BTW, I think my answer would be ….
      …. if I loosened up & had more fun with it …. my pictures would be better … (I’m just too detail focused sometimes)

    • Nic Leonard April 18, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

      My pictures would be better if i took more time to get to share my vision with the vision of the person i shoot….!

    • Austyn April 18, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

      My pictures would be better if I’d stop thinking you have to buy more stuff to get great images.

    • JayIz April 18, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

      My pictures would be better if…I hadn’t got sucked into reading all these responses! Maaaatt Daaaaamoooon!

    • Olen April 19, 2011 at 5:21 am #

      Thanks Chase, for the encouragement.

      Keep it coming.

    • vasco April 19, 2011 at 10:07 am #

      My pictures would be better if I didn’t had this crapy job and could be outside taking pictures, instead of beeing here closed all day long…

    • SleeplessInKL April 19, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

      Chase, coming from a great photographer like you, suddenly my answer sounds so lame. You are an inspiration to us all!

  2. ajw93 April 18, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    I weren’t so lazy about post-processing and workflow.

  3. Mike April 18, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    I got off my backside and shot more.

    • Chris April 18, 2011 at 11:37 am #

      Yea same here.. I think fear of failure is a part of that for me.

    • Nate April 18, 2011 at 11:48 am #

      +1

    • Scott April 18, 2011 at 11:59 am #

      This was mine – figured someone else out there would have the same one. You were a bit more PC than I was thinking…

  4. John Vicory April 18, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    My Pictures would be better if I pushed back Resistance.

  5. James Campbell April 18, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    I practiced more and devoted time everyday to learn something new about my craft.

  6. Bruno Hautzenberger April 18, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    My pictures would be better if I would be even more critical about my own work.

  7. Brett April 18, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    My images would be better if I got personally attached to them and dug deeper

  8. Kerrie April 18, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    I had a little bit more confidence in directing my subjects

  9. Magda Rakita April 18, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    if i would shoot more!

    • RomeoAD April 19, 2011 at 2:55 am #

      All the same here :D

  10. Justin Sperry April 18, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    My pictures would be better if I made the concerted effort to actually carry my camera absolutely EVERYWHERE I go each day.

  11. Karen April 18, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    i could bend over. (8 weeks post op lumbar spinal fusion)

    • Anonymous April 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

      On my PT table at the docs office right now
      With herniated L4 L5 S1.. feel better I know your pain
      And yes it stops me from doing what I love to do
      And that is photography .

  12. Kelli April 18, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    My pictures would be better if I had more confidence in myself every time I released the shutter.

  13. Willie April 18, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    My pictures would be better if I stopped overanalyzing and started instinctually reacting.

  14. joey April 18, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    I put more time into composure.

  15. Kate April 18, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    My pictures would be better if I took more risks.

  16. Jeff April 18, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    My pictures would be better if I poured more of myself into them.

  17. Ben Walton April 18, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    My pictures would be better if i wasnt distracted by school.

    • Chris April 18, 2011 at 11:34 am #

      Great answer!

  18. Floh April 18, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    My pictures would be better if I would have more time for creativity.

  19. Jesse April 18, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    My pictures would be better if I gave myself permission to take the “unsafe” shots instead of always going to what I’ve done successfully before.

  20. Perttu R April 18, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    My pictures would be better if I took more pictures and took my camera everywhere!

  21. Chase April 18, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    If I shot more and when I did, took my time.

  22. Kamil Bialous April 18, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    I did more with less.

  23. Jonathan April 18, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    My pictures would be better if I *always* went another step after “good enough”.

  24. mike April 18, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    My photos would be better if I said “Yes” more.

  25. Anonymous April 18, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    …if i just know what i do…….

    • Tracy April 18, 2011 at 11:05 am #

      …if i had a camera. going through camera withdrawls at the moment!

  26. josh April 18, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    …if I gave myself more personal challenges and broke more self-inflicted rules.

  27. Andy B April 18, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    My pictures would be better if I let go of all these silly restrictions. And… they will be better.

  28. Nicolle April 18, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    My pictures would be better if I picked up my camera more and set up a web site to display the ones I’ve already taken.

  29. Sarah Miller April 18, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    My videos would be better if I looked at the big picture first instead of starting with the details.

  30. christian April 18, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    My pictures would be better if my name was chase jarvis. OR if I took my new D7000 out of the box.

  31. Alan Matthews April 18, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    My pictures would be better if I had another 24 hours in everyday

  32. tucker joenz April 18, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    My pictures and videos would be better if I keep pushing my creativity and skills with light and composition.

  33. Katherine Love April 18, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    My pictures would be better if I weren’t so timid and just lept at that inspiration floating around in my mind. And if I ALWAYS had my camera with me.

  34. Dave Deibert April 18, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    My pictures would be better if shot everyday.365. Something. Anything.

  35. Coffeefueled April 18, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    My pictures would be better if I stopped spending so much time reading about photography, watching videos on photography, admiring other people’s photography and actually took my camera out of the bag and _used_ it every day.

    • Farrukh Riaz April 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

      Totally agree with you on this one

  36. Drew April 18, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    My pictures would be better if I had a better camera.

    ….only kidding.

    My pictures would be better if I got out and shot more.

  37. Sergiu April 18, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    My photos would be better if I just worked more ,stopped looking at what other people do and use my mind and soul in the creative process a little more.

  38. Anonymous April 18, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    My pictures would be better if I had more time to practice.

  39. Eugene Holtz April 18, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    My pictures would be better when my skills allow me to make the picture I see in my head.

  40. Sven-Eric Müller April 18, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    My pictures would be better if i take more than mow =)

  41. Mel Reyes-Abbey April 18, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    I continue to learn how to work with light–ambient, continuous, strobe.

  42. LHardy April 18, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    My Pictures would be better if, I stopped thinking about the value of what I was taking them with.

  43. Tiffany Gill April 18, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    My pictures would be better if I didn’t hesitate.

  44. Dade Freeman April 18, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    My pictures would be better if I was Chase Jarvis :P

  45. Luciano Meirelles April 18, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    My pictures would be better if I talked less and did more.

  46. TAK April 18, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    Mentally slowed down.

  47. Jay April 18, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    My iPhone pictures would be better if I didn’t use so many apps.

  48. Naina April 18, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    My pictures would be better if I shot more.

  49. Luis Murillo April 18, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    My pictures would be better if I get better at scanning the film at home. It’s not as easy as simply hitting the scan button and I’m getting better at it but still need a lot of practice.

  50. Johnson Huynh April 18, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    My pictures would be better if i give it my 110%

  51. jake scott April 18, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    i unscattered my mind

  52. Mike Berk April 18, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    My pictures would be better if i owned a Nikon 24-70mm and a 70-200mm lens!! I have rented them many a time and they are the 2 most perfect lenses in my mind.

  53. Dawn Mahaney-Palmerley April 18, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    If I had a better lens. I’m only working with an 18-70mm lens on my main camera. :( I could do so much more if I had to about a 300mm lens.

  54. bob April 18, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    My pictures would be better if I would just get off of my lazy butt and take the pictures.

  55. Luis April 18, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    if there were 8 days in a week… so i could separate that day just to create from 0 …. and not be in this mess of working so much and doing what clients want!!!!!

  56. Ivan April 18, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    My pictures would be better if I stopped looking for references and started looking for my own style of photography.

  57. patrick April 18, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    My pictures would be better if I stopped rushing and took my time.

  58. Ant April 18, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    My pictures would be better if I got out there more.

  59. Liv Dancaescu April 18, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    I listened music while shooting cuz music inspires me.

  60. Mark April 18, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    My pictures would be better if I got of my rear end and started shooting more.

  61. Beto Orduña April 18, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    My pictures would be better if I shot them with a 7D instead my Q9 celular phone XD!!!

  62. Clement April 18, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    My pictures would be better if instead of staying back I was taking more risks …

  63. EperAgi April 18, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    I would simply do it more, get closer and be more personal…

  64. Bruce Christianson April 18, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    My pictures would be better if I either went to more extremes or tighten it up a bit. I feel it looks like they’re trying too hard, yet not enough, hence coming out mediocre. Maybe with some relaxation and meditation of the subject more to what it really wants to say instead of making some technical statement, the images would communicate better.

  65. G Allard April 18, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    My pictures would be better if I stepped out of my comfort zone more often.

  66. Michael Brian April 18, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    My photos and video would be better if i was a bit more spontaneous

  67. Luke Blackett April 18, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    My Films would be better if I carry knowledge from my last [project] and press forward to the creative edge with my next, without looking back.

  68. baldmountain April 18, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    My pictures would be better if, … ummm, who cares? Really. They are my pictures. I take them for myself. I share them with others only because I feel like it. I feel lucky that I can take pictures at all.

  69. Mike Bourgeault April 18, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    My pictures would be better if I stopped worrying about how good other peoples pictures were.

  70. vernography April 18, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    If I’d slow down and treat each image as if it was film.

  71. Richard Anthony Morris April 18, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    My pictures would be better if I actually liked any of the pictures I took. People seem to like them but I’m never really convinced.

  72. Viktoria April 18, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    My pictures would be better if I went off on my own more when travelling!

  73. Orin April 18, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    My pictures would be better if I took them.
    I’m not getting out and shooting much these days.

  74. cat April 18, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    My pics would be better if, if and if, etc…

  75. Ray medina April 18, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    My pictures would be better if I would shoot more…

  76. Kevin Pepin April 18, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    My pictures would be better if I worried less and shot more often.

  77. Jared Earle April 18, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    My pictures would be better if I had better equipment.

    Yes, I went there.

    No, I’m not joking.

  78. Tanner April 18, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    My pictures would be better if I used my time more wisely and focused it better. Taking the opportunity that I have coming soon and pushed forward with them and taking my creativity to its maximum level.

    • Ivonne April 18, 2011 at 11:42 am #

      bless this post, that’s my case too n_n

  79. Jason Kessenich April 18, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    Same as “Coffeefueled” …. My photos would be better if I shot more, instead of reading about and watching videos on photography. I’ll get there.

  80. Edge April 18, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    My pictures would be better if I heard more “negativity”. (constructive critiques, mistakes, and whatnot) We really only learn and grow from our mistakes.

  81. Trudy April 18, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    My pictures would be better if I stopped saying my pictures would be better if.

  82. Nicole April 18, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    My writing and design work would be better if I played around with ideas more, and spent more time outside of city clusters more often to focus in and get away from distractions.

  83. stephan mantler April 18, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    My pictures would be better If I took more control over them. I try but don’t always go far enough.

  84. Tori April 18, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    …if I didn’t worry about making every shot perfect. I need to take more risks (compositionally).

  85. Bill Hoenk April 18, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    My pictures would be better if I could afford and use top quality glass.

  86. Rob April 18, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    My pictures would be better if I made the break from the day job and devoted myself to shooting full time.

  87. jose April 18, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    My pictures would be better if I got out of my own way.

  88. Ahmad April 18, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    My pictures would be better if i didnt do videos
    My videos would be better if i didnt do pictures
    God! i dont know how to put them together!

  89. Brent H April 18, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    My pictures would be better if I… just let go.

  90. Philip Rawson April 18, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    My pictures would be better if the golden hour were the golden 24-hour.

  91. Dimitris Papadakos April 18, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    My pictures would be better if my heart, brain and eye were in straight line.

  92. James April 18, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    My pictures would be better if I woke up before the sun

  93. Justin April 18, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    My pictures would be better if I had more time and focus.

  94. Blair April 18, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    I had more stamina to shoot with stable shake free hands longer.

  95. RC April 18, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    My pictures would be better if I had friends willing to get in front of the lens.

  96. Ashley GOodwin April 18, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    My pictures would be better if I knew took the time to figure out what I was really doing with my camera. ;)
    For real.

    Love you Chase (& Kate!!!) You ROCK!

  97. Ian Curcio April 18, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    My pictures would be better if I stopped comparing them to other photographers, worked harder and shot more.

  98. Stuart Sipahigil April 18, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    My pictures would be better if I had a better relationship with/knew more about the subjects I’m shooting.

  99. Josh April 18, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    …….if I took more of them and took the time to study how they could be better.

  100. Melissa Johnson April 18, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    My pictures would be better if I pushed myself outside my norm and comfort zone (ie, shooting just before sunset, always shooting wide open, etc)

  101. Stefan April 18, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    My pictures would be better if I remembered putting in film.

  102. Jeff Bartlett April 18, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    My pictures would be better if I worked harder.

    Damn, that sucks to say out loud!

  103. David Clarke April 18, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    My pictures would be better if I didn’t compare myself to the talented photographers around me and if I worried less about the technical and dug deeper into the creative.

  104. Christopher Cauble April 18, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    I spent more time sorting the thousands of images in post. (Too many worthy images go unnoticed)

  105. EC GRoom April 18, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    My pictures would be better if…I listened to & followed all the great advice posted here (lame, but true).

  106. ivind April 18, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    My pictures would be better if I planned ahead.

  107. Christian Lee April 18, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    …if I stopped rushing. I need to take my time and think through ideas. Too much regret in front of the computer that could have been solved in the field.

  108. Norm April 18, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    My pictures would be better if I took my time and found the best shooting angle, rather than settling for whats right in front of me.

  109. Dru Stefan Stone April 18, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    My photographs would be better if I was more centered and didn’t have to spend so darn much time on the business part of it.
    My art would be better if I had a studio to leave things more available to access and actually work on it more consistently. If I had more than 24 hours in a day, it might help some too!

  110. Tori Heart April 18, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    My pictures would be better if I used my camera everywhere.

  111. Omar Forrester April 18, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    Mypictures would be better if I pushed myself to be daring, plus shoot more. The truth

  112. SImon Winnall April 18, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    My pictures would be better if I get interesting world-class people infront of my camera!

  113. Gary April 18, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    My picture would be better if… Dartanyon edited them =]

  114. Nick April 18, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    My pictures and video would be better if I followed through on every idea I have.

  115. Mike Sebastian April 18, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    If I stopped obsessing about gear and simply stuck with my Mamiya 7 and 1 lens. And if I slowed down.

  116. Fauzan Lazi April 18, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    my picture would be better if i shoot to survive n i from MALAYSIA….=)

  117. Oliver April 18, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    I dared.

  118. Nathan Padilla Bowen April 18, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    …if I could better ignore the unavoidable (sometimes raucous) mental noise and environmental distractions and be fully immersed in the image I am making ‘right now’.

  119. Chris April 18, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    My pictures would be better if I spent more time shooting than reading books on shooting or watching videos, and if I believed that the kit I have is good enough and that I don’t need that 17-40f4L yet or the 70-200f4L!

  120. Ian April 18, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    my photos would be better if i quit my job and dedicated myself to my photography and started working on all my personal photo project ideas

  121. Mathieu Wauters April 18, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    My pictures would be better if…I made a lot more pictures.

  122. Joel April 18, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    I took more pictures, and if I was able to devote more time to executing ideas.

  123. Murph April 18, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    Murph’s pictures would be better if I understood ISO,Aperture and Shutter Speed controls on my d300,rather than guessing and changing them and hoping the image improves.

  124. Kristina April 18, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    My pictures would be better if I took my time to see and did not rush the shoot. Oh, and got off my a** away from the computer and shot a lot more.

  125. Aaron April 18, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    My pictures would be better if I had more lights.

  126. Ivonne April 18, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    My pictures would be better if I could dare to do all that’s in my head instead of finding all kinds of reasons for not doing it :S

  127. Bogdan Staiculescu April 18, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    My pictures would be better if I had the $ to buy any dslr and at least a 50 f/1.8 and actually take them, not only visualise them with my mind’s eye. :(

  128. NotYourAvgJoe April 18, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    My pictures would be better if I could watch Chase work in person when I come to Seattle! Or even better, if I could get Chase to come to NY to do a presentation for our photo clubs

  129. Rusty Tripod April 18, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    My pictures would be better if I would stay in the moment.

  130. Steve April 18, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    I would like more detail in the face. Also either more detail out the car window or less.

  131. Iwan van der Schoor April 18, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    My pictures would be better if I shot more of them

    Going with the motto : practice makes perfect

  132. Brett Flashnick April 18, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    My work (pictures/video) would be better if I didn’t let myself get beat down by the business side of things.

  133. Valeriy Veduta April 18, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    My pictures would be better if i worked harder

  134. Laurie April 18, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    My pictures would be better if I could overcome Resistance.

  135. Emeka April 18, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    My art/pictures would be better if I stole more from those artists who inspire me and stopped being scared of the artistic drive within me to do more

  136. Erin April 18, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    My pictures would be better if I slowed down, thought more about the story I want to tell, and clicked the shutter with purpose.

  137. Stefan Dumbleton April 18, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    My creative spirit wasn’t strangled by the modern way of working and living

  138. Drew W April 18, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    My images would be better if I got more sleep so that I could focus more while shooting.

  139. jim April 18, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    If I slowed down.

  140. Spencer April 18, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    …hobbyists would just stop charging and start accepting the fact that they are just hobbyists. It’s confusing the industry.

  141. Leoraul Torres April 18, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    My pictures would be better if I had more time. I have a nice job and I nice family. So right now, I’m not trading them. I’m not aspiring to be a pro photog… I just want to be the best photographer I can be just for the love of it.

  142. Stef Schulze April 18, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    My pictures would be better if I shoot more and break the rules more.If I spend more time while shooting and dare more. And lastly, if I learn more, not necessarily about photography, but rather about art.

  143. Venura Herath April 18, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    My pictures would be better if i can overcome my Social anxiety! :(

  144. CJ Kern April 18, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I talked less and did more.

  145. luke April 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    … we could better balance family and work. like every parent, we love our daughter dearly and would absolutely not change a thing about having her in our world, but… it has interrupted what used to be a pretty good workflow and we have no clue as to how we can get back on track without bankrupting ourselves via paying for childcare.

  146. Anonymous April 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I took more risks and harnessed the fear

  147. Nathan Williams April 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    … I got out and talked with more people and built better relationships.

  148. Barry April 18, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I quite thinking about how good everyone else’s pictures are.

  149. Neil Macmillan April 18, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I wasn’t such a one man army and employed someone to help carry the load rather than always making do with what I can manage myself.

  150. mondostic April 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I could push through the averageness.

  151. Nonsence April 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    My photos would be better if … wow that´s a hard question… If you really know what should be better, then it´s much easier to do it and take better photos… What makes my photos the way they are? Is it creativity, technique, emotions, mood, ability to bee on the right spot in the right time? Is it the camera and lenses? Is it a bit of everything? Maybe my photos would be better if I could stop thinking about how to make them better and just shoot shoot shoot..

  152. James Dyas Davidson April 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    My pictures would be better if i switched my heart, soul and brain on BEFORE switching the camera on.

  153. Matt April 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    … i always would do what i´m doing right now. Shooting, Shooting,Shooting. No stop in sight. The only way.

  154. dustin April 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    consistently photographed what I am passion about.

  155. Bryan April 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    My prints WILL be better once I have my next session!!! I learn every time I shoot! Do the best with what you have to work with and learn to adapt. Time is only valued by the clock. Make time to shoot, study, post process.

  156. Gareth from Ireland April 18, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I travelled more.

  157. Tim April 18, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I could only get outside of my own head.

  158. andyherbick April 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I was less self-conscious and I thought less and did more.

  159. Jonny April 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    My pictures would be better if… I didn’t have to concentrate more on quantity than quality for my A-Level Photography.!

  160. Tory April 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I pushed myself harder and if I can really focus on it.

  161. Jackie April 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    …if I trusted myself and took the criticism I receive. I could be unstoppable!

  162. Todd April 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I could figure out what I wanted to shoot.

  163. chris April 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    My pictures would be better if i’d spent less time at facebook and twitter and more time getting my lazy ass out of my comfort zone…

  164. Marc April 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I’d pour more heart into it instead of business.

  165. Braden Wilson April 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    My pictures would be better if… I had more time to take them/ if I could get them from my head into my camera

  166. Nate Carrasco April 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I shoot more and had to courage to leave my comfort zone.

  167. Greg April 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    I had more time to work on pictures. AKA no day job.

  168. Scott Poborsa April 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    My photographs would be better if I went beyond my comfort zone and took my work to the next level.

  169. Christy Kruse April 18, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I stopped trying to tame the artist within.

  170. Beat Küng April 18, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    Meine Arbeiten (Video und Fotos) waeren besser wenn ich weniger in mehr Zeit machen würde.
    My works (video and photo) would be better if I would do less in more time.

  171. Eric Seilo April 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I collaborated with people that are better than I am.

  172. Becca April 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    My answer would be if I spent more time practicing daily. To continue a daily image project.
    http://www.rebeccaoliverphotography.com

  173. nigel April 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    My pictures would be better if they were in focus.

  174. aMy April 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I had the gutts to dig deeper!

  175. Mike April 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    I’m wondering what makes a picture “better”? I took a shot last week that made the subject actually cry, later a photographer friend of mine said it was not a very good picture. Art like beauty is sometimes in the eye of the beholder I suppose.

  176. Tony Obfenda April 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I knew how to take pictures!

    My videos/pictures would be better if I improved my storytelling abilities.

    My videos/pictures would be better if I had Tiger’s blood.

    My videos/pictures would be better if I could use $20,000 worth of equipment….perhaps.

    Chase Jarvis INSPIRES me to take pictures!

  177. Jason Hancock April 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I put my nose to the grindstone and did the hard work it takes to get better instead of just thinking about it.

  178. Angela Marklew April 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    My photos would be better if I pushed myself harder and stopped just falling back on what I know is safe – if I took more chances.

  179. Rick Hamilton April 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I could go back and shot them again every two months.

  180. Fadi Kelada April 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    My pictures would be better if make more of them

  181. Fadi Kelada April 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I make more of them

  182. Jeremy Jeziorski April 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I left my “regular” job and shot day-in and day-out, 100+ hours a week. I already shoot everyday, but my other commitments just keep getting in the way!

  183. Kelly Settle April 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    My pictures would be better if……I quit worrying what other people will think of them

  184. Scott Nickell April 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I was more deliberate, defined.

  185. Lukas Cerman April 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    My photos would be better if I spent more sunrises/sunsets outside shooting instead of being behind the computer fiddling with photoshop.

  186. sweetandcoolval April 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    My creative work would be better if I would stop saying yes to other people’s projects and say yes to my own, allowing myself time and focus on what I want to make and learn.

  187. Michael J Metts April 18, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I concentrated more on subjects and what makes them unique.

  188. Elis W. Alves April 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I learned more about how to make the best with the flashes I already have.

  189. Lex April 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    My pictures would be better if .. i’d have more people encouraging and supporting me!

  190. Jackie Faria April 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    my pictures would be better if I followed my heart more profoundly!

  191. Tiffany April 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    …if I would stop and think about my settings and not just the frame

  192. Philipp Ulrich April 18, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I finally got the courage to canalize my overwhelming stream of ideas and put them into creative outlet.

  193. Jonathan April 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    I was more ambitious.

  194. MC April 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    ‎…if I could give something back. If I could somehow make the world at ‘better’ place…one picture at a time.

  195. Jack April 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I put more awesome stuff in front of the lens.

  196. Anne-Marie April 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    When I was a kid I heard this proverb again and again:

    ” The road to Hell is paved with good excuses ”

    So my pictures would be better if I could stop worrying and…just do it :-)

  197. Dave April 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    My pictures would be better, if I shot more and talked less.

  198. Clifton Roberts April 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    WOW lots of comments on this one!

    My photographs would be better if… I received more criticism. Which would help to push though the barrier of repetitive photographs. PLEASE RIP MY PHOTOS APART! Really!

  199. A Photog Who Blogs April 18, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    … I could more easily shut off my analytical brain and just feel the emotion I’m trying to capture in the photo

  200. Paul Newman April 18, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    …if, I had more time.

  201. Tina B April 18, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I spent more time on personal photography projects that make me happy and less time worrying about how my pictures could be better.

  202. Peter Ort April 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I got some exposure and people actually saw my work and hired me. so that I could quit my day job and actually start shooting more.

  203. Jarvisemerald April 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    My Pictures would be better if the iPhone Flash was better in the dark :)

  204. Kevin April 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I actually shot more!!

  205. Mervan Ayberk April 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    .. I had industry standard models.

  206. melina April 18, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    i took more.

  207. Zach Suggs April 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    My photography would be better if I would stress out less, and take the time to focus on, and enjoy the process, rather than just the end result.

  208. Kimberly Haugen April 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I would shoot things as I see them and NOT try to copy someone elses shooting style.

  209. Andrew McGibbon April 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    My photos would be better if I didn’t live in Africa where Profotos cost more than cars (way more). I.E if I had my own lights and didn’t shoot only when a client was paying I would shoot face melting images that would destroy brains. yes. my pictures would be better if I had my own lights.

    • Dimitrios Kotsilimpas April 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

      Anndrew I just had a look at your photos and they are amazing. You really capture the mood. If I could Afford to buy you lighting and send it off to Africa, I would!

    • Jonny April 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

      Gorgeous work friend. Are you in SA? Sadly, half decent pro lighting is upwards of $6,000 (CAD) here in Canada as well. Have a peek at Alien Bees, you may be able to get them shipped to you depending.

  210. Ball Lightning April 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    My photos and videos would be better if.. I knew what I was doing, maybe even if I knew what I want to do.

  211. Harry April 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    My pictures are already Superb ;) Just like your blog. Thank you :D

  212. Ernie Pena April 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I wasn’t shooting with a 7yr old camera with a broken mirror assembly and lenses that are scratched and dirty and not calibrated for my camera body.

  213. Jabari April 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    …both shot more and experimented when I do shoot!

  214. einar April 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I read more literature, seen,analyze and knew more about fine art, was one step in front of myself, pushed more, shoot more

  215. Van Luu April 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I publishing them all in facebook!

  216. Kjartan Þór April 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    if I practised and experimented more.

  217. sam April 18, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I had the confidence to shoot my ideas and more compelling ideas, could get hired had more technical skill.
    http://exandwhy.co.uk

  218. Eldon Yoder April 18, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    My pictures would be better if…

    - I didn’t have to try to “legitimize” my efforts… (climbing a mountain in the middle of a night – that kind of thing doesn’t make sense to some folks.
    - I had a better teacher than myself…
    - I had some photographers around me… (kind of a one man band)
    - I only read Chase’s blog and then went and shot some more…

    Thanks for the blog by the way!

  219. Aleksei Saunders April 18, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    … I took more of them.

  220. Craig McDiarmid April 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    My work would be better if I stopped thinking about the money all the time…

  221. Peter April 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    My photos would be better if I broke out of my shell, and learned MY gifts and not others’ gifts.

  222. Doug Robertson April 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    My photos would be better if I finished processing them and showed them to another living person.

  223. Peter April 18, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    My photos would be better if I broke out of my shell, and learned what MY gifts are and not others’ gifts.

  224. Jeff April 18, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    My photos would be better if I would devote more time to them, and surrounded my self with more creative people.

  225. Kajphotos April 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    My photos would be better if I worked with Chase Jarvis .. Lol

    My photos woul be better if I spent more time editing them …and stop being lazy

  226. Mike Wilson April 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I made the time every day to see something differently.

  227. Michael Ryan April 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    My pictures would be better if … I surprised myself more often

  228. Rob April 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I had a clue when it comes to post-production.

  229. Nathan Price April 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    My photos would be better if I just stopped thinking, let everything go

  230. Mike April 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    My photos would be better if I was allowed to use some creative direction of my own…….

  231. Dimitrios Kotsilimpas April 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    ….go over previous images I took and evaluate them.

    For example, I once attempted a long exposure of a friend standing whilst the vehicles were passing. The idea was to have the traffic trails behind him whilst he was still, only his face was never sharp enough. I then realised if I used the mirror lock, a self timer and long exposure noise reduction I would get a better result. I find that I improve far more when I make mistakes.

  232. christy cropper April 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I practiced more.

  233. Rob April 18, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    My pictures would be better… If I stopped been so damn critical on myself…. Seriously… The nbr of my own images I just love is so small there is some disconnect to the real world (or they just plain sux :-) ).

  234. Michael Valli April 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    My photos would be better if I shot more. Simple.

  235. Kleppy April 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I had more than one lens and flash.

    I’m not so worried about the fact I’m using a Rebel XT
    I’m not so worried about the fact I’m using a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8
    I’m not so worried about the fact I’m using a Nissin 466 flash.

    I’m worried because that’s all I have.
    Not enough (zoom) reach at times.
    Not wide enough on others.
    Can’t bouce light ‘properly’ in Portrait (no swivel on flash)

    and sometimes I wish I had a few more MP, but that’s the least of my concerns.

    If I HAD more equipment (ie. proper) I could DO more.

  236. Jonathan April 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    … Left the house more often

  237. Larry Wyatt April 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    ….if I let my mind wander and see the heretofore unseen!

  238. Alan April 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    … if I stopped going through the cycle of blaming the equipment, upgrading, pixel peeping, then doing it all again … expensive, time consuming, and it’s getting in the way of creativity.

  239. Renee April 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    My photos would be better if I stood naked in front of them.
    :)

  240. Agnes April 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    …if we slept less, pushed harder, and not give in so easy to the standard.

  241. Mike April 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    as above.

  242. Dan Kaufman April 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    …if I stopped worrying about money and made art a part of my everyday life.

  243. TheDigitalVue April 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    My photos would be better if they looked more like yours…

  244. Jeremy April 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    … I experimented more.

  245. Matthew April 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    My pictures would be better if could decide what I truly like to shoot.

  246. NOT April 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I had people in them.

  247. Raji Barbir April 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    My pictures would be better if… I knew what single thing would improve my work.

  248. diala chinedu April 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    My photos would be better if I do more work, both personal and paid jobs.

    I notice I get better with every click of the shutter so I just need to continue at it and I try my best :-)

  249. Scott Nelson April 18, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    My pictures would be better if it were humanly possible to make my pictures any better.

  250. Al Graham April 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    My photos would be better if I had the resources to create what I envision.

  251. jim boyle April 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I could learn to slow down long enough to envision the result in my head first and compose it in the viewfinder, instead of grab, focus, click. My sense of urgency lifestyle is a curse here , not a blessing.

  252. john urban April 18, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    My photos would be better if I actually picked up my camera and used it, vs talking about all the cool ideas I have. This pretty much applies to everything in my life. :)

  253. Francis C April 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I stopped making excuses and broke down the barriers holding me back.

  254. Igor Furnas April 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I had a mentor that helped to express correctly my vision!

  255. DeShelia Spann April 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    My picture would be better if I stopped, took a breath, listened to my heart and allowed myself to create something beautiful without boundaries, restrictions or fear.

  256. Mary April 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    if I had more faith in my technique

  257. Anonymous April 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    My photos would be better if I could see through my viewfinder what I see with my eyes.

  258. ElizabethB April 18, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    …if I watched ALL of the CREATIVE LIVE videos at least once :)

  259. Will Hore-Lacy April 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I took more of them!

  260. Peter Papaioannou April 18, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I practice the fundamentals… starting by reading the camera user manual.

  261. JackieS April 18, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    My pictures would be better if _______________.
    I had faster lenses…

  262. mat gardella April 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    My pictures would be better if … i took more pictures.

  263. mat gardella April 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    my pictures would be better if . . . i took more pictures.

  264. Sherry Fagan April 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    My photos would be better If I wasn’t afraid to fail with my ideas.

  265. De'Niro April 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    My pictures would be better I took more changes!

  266. Fred Cassara April 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I do less daydreaming and more doing……take more shots and get some experience. Boy do I need help.

  267. John Glynn April 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    I stopped trying to take other peoples’ pictures and just pressed go. Getting there!

  268. Chad gold man April 18, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    With three boys, two dogs, and a wife, I have little time. If when I do get the camera fired up, I’d take more time with my photos and set up I think I’d improve.

  269. Denzil Jennings April 18, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    My photography would be better if I weren’t so afraid to approach potential subjects, and if I took more time to just go out and shoot.

  270. Kristel April 18, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I invest more time honing my photography skills. =P

  271. Joe Nguyen April 18, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    My photos would look better… if Chase didn’t set the bar so damn high. :P

    I kid, I kid. His work/work ethic is solid and purely motivational.

    Otherwise, I’m content with my outdated gear and… flashlight strobes. ;) Being broke has been a blessing in disguise. If you get everything you want, you’ll never know what you truly need.

    “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” -Theodore Roosevelt

  272. Phil April 18, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I knew how to use off-camera flash (and have the gear for it)

  273. Michael Montalto April 18, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    My photographs would be better if I practiced more!!! I’m not shooting enough!!!

    • Stan March 1, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

      amen! I spend more time reading about beautiful photos than making them

  274. Brett Crawford April 18, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I remembered to take off the lens cap..

  275. Daniel April 18, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

    My pictures will be better because that’s my goal. Everyday, better than yesterday…

  276. Dave April 18, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I weren’t so critical towards, and hard on, myself.

  277. maria thomas April 18, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    My picture will be better if I go out there and practice more and not be afraid of making a photograph.

  278. Tom April 18, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    …if I took the time to learn my equipment inside and out. Sometimes not knowing the technical side of the gear has been a hinderance. Especially when doing video, although I don’t do a lot of video.

  279. Hunter White April 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    … I got of my ass and photographed

  280. B April 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    if I

  281. Dale April 18, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I didn’t care what people think of them.

  282. B April 18, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    I didn’t press the button so quickly

  283. Andre April 18, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    My pictures would be better if…I were able to dedicate more time to experimenting and learning my camera better…

  284. Nate April 18, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    if I took them instead of thought about them…

  285. Stefan Gonzales April 18, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    Chase i would love to hear your opinion on a recent post from Zach A. http://zackarias.com/editorial-photography/chandler-effing-arizona/
    i know much of your line of work is not fit for film, however would you consider another personal project being shot in film
    Cheers
    -Stefan G

  286. Tamara Manning April 18, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I were braver.

  287. TomTaki April 18, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    My pictures would be better if had the Canon 5D mark 3 :P

  288. Jonathan Cheek PHTGRPHR April 18, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I had the time to learn to love every person in front of my lens.

  289. Rana April 18, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    My work will be better if love what i shoot and shoot what i love !

    here’s an exhibition that I’m doing.

    http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150213464058210&oid=179695515415242

    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=179695515415242&index=1

  290. ngkokkeong April 18, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    my photos would be better if I slow down to explore and think deeper

  291. JayIz April 18, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    My pictures would be better if…I hadn’t got sucked into reading all these respones! Maaatt Daaaamooon!

  292. Shawn April 18, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    would be better if I knew what I was doing rather then get lucky most of the time

  293. Emilia April 18, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I lost the fear to mess up, to embarrass myself, to make mistakes, to take chances, to be seen.

  294. Michael April 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    My pictures would be better if i would just have the confidence in myself to take the necessary calculated risks i know i should take, to follow my heart by making the leap, stop procrastinating and become more active in the scene NOW!

  295. Mark April 18, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I focused more, took that extra step.

  296. Kevin April 18, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I really took that extra time to get the right composition.

  297. Nate April 18, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    My Pictures Would Be Better If…. I turned down the suck and turned up the awesome!

  298. Greg Sanders April 18, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

    My photographs would be better if I worried less about what people might think about my work and more about getting work out there for people to think about.

  299. Frederik April 18, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I trusted my talent more

  300. bimal nair April 19, 2011 at 12:34 am #

    …..better if I click more than i read and observe my results more than just sorting out the best ones.

  301. Jesse April 19, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    My pictures would be better if I took the time to learn more about lighting technique.

  302. Jay McLaughlin April 19, 2011 at 1:21 am #

    My pictures would be better if I had better people to collaborate with

  303. Dmitry April 19, 2011 at 1:31 am #

    My pictures might be better if I had less than limit myself :)

  304. Henry April 19, 2011 at 1:31 am #

    My pictures would be better if I work harder, have an assistant, and better people to work with!

  305. Sven April 19, 2011 at 1:59 am #

    My pictures would be better if I had more Time in between of my daily bussines…

  306. Debjyoti April 19, 2011 at 2:23 am #

    My pictures would be better if I understood myself!!

  307. CallumW April 19, 2011 at 2:38 am #

    …… I could afford an assistant

  308. Jeremy M April 19, 2011 at 3:41 am #

    My photos would be better if I simply made more time to get out and shoot…

  309. Marvin April 19, 2011 at 3:47 am #

    My pictures would be better if I would step out of my comfort zone more often..

  310. Mark Tipple April 19, 2011 at 3:59 am #

    My pictures would be better if I had gills.

  311. David April 19, 2011 at 4:10 am #

    My pictures would be better if I could get a Nikon Sponsorship! D200′s have low ISO’s.

    Chace? Hook up a brother! =o)

    • Mike April 19, 2011 at 4:34 am #

      D200 has great ISO, you can easily shoot at 1600 or 2200 and get usable results.

      If you’re frustrated about full frame, just invest $1200 and get a 5D + 50 f/1.4, it’s all you’d need.

  312. Rohit46 April 19, 2011 at 4:11 am #

    My pictures would be better if I “click few more today & tomorrow”

  313. Raman Singh April 19, 2011 at 4:22 am #

    My pictures would be better if i have much more conviction am more focused and determined..

  314. Mike April 19, 2011 at 4:33 am #

    My pictures would be better if I could just get someone to pay me for them… :P

  315. Grant April 19, 2011 at 4:45 am #

    My photos would be better if I got up earlier to get out more with the camera at the morning golden hour.

  316. Dennis Pike April 19, 2011 at 4:48 am #

    MY pictures would be better if they turned out the way I saw them in my head

  317. Anthony I April 19, 2011 at 5:01 am #

    My pictures would be better if I got off the couch and took more of them.

  318. michael murphy April 19, 2011 at 5:13 am #

    wow, this question is one that I ask myself on a daily basis. And without further ado, my list of grievances:

    1. …if I could afford to upgrade my dinosaur of a dslr, the 40d.
    2. …if, like one of the others said, the photos actually turned out the same way I see them in my head, every time!
    3. …if I could just quit this day job!!! (the number one interference of my photographic progress!)

  319. Ana GR April 19, 2011 at 5:16 am #

    My pictures would be better if _I was Chase Jarvis!
    Now, seriously, My pictures would be better if I had more time to experiment and learn by trial-error and tutorials and classes like CreativeLive.

  320. ET April 19, 2011 at 5:17 am #

    My Pictures Would Be Better If… I stopped talking about it and actually take pictures.

  321. Russ Rowland April 19, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    My pictures will be better…when I let go even more.

  322. jacob härnqvist April 19, 2011 at 5:22 am #

    …if I would get more of those scary assignments where I really have to be on my toes. Fear is a great motivational factor.

  323. David Manning April 19, 2011 at 5:30 am #

    My picture would be better if I just applied myself and took time for me.

  324. Geoff April 19, 2011 at 5:30 am #

    My pictures would be better if I pushed myself to experience and experiment with new interests/ideas…

  325. UncleSam April 19, 2011 at 5:42 am #

    My pictures would be better if I did them so.

  326. Kris April 19, 2011 at 6:07 am #

    … if I truly mastered the notion of surrendering to the moment. If I managed to tune out the white noise, the distraction, the doubting voice… even the pre-conceived notion of what this shot should be… and just let it all be.

  327. Laura April 19, 2011 at 6:08 am #

    My pictures would be better if… I would stop letting the negative voice in my head, control what I shoot… If I had more confidence, to approach people, to not feel nervous and walk on, letting the shot pass me by.

    Great post. Enjoyed reading these comments.

  328. Rudolf April 19, 2011 at 6:13 am #

    My art and pictures would be better if i took more risks and ventured out of the box.

  329. Boris April 19, 2011 at 6:16 am #

    Ouch… so many answers !!!

    My pictures would be better if i enjoy even more taking them. (easy but efficient at least for me :)

    Boris

  330. NIc April 19, 2011 at 6:18 am #

    My pictures would be better if I stopped making excuses, got off my ass and started taking more.

  331. Leigh April 19, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    My pictures would look better if I could truly understand the human soul, both my own and those of others.

  332. Coco Bermudez April 19, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    My filmmaking would be better if I listened to my heart rather than my head…

  333. Kevin April 19, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    My images would be better if I spent half the time on post and double the time on pre. Great images often begin to take form long before the shutter is pressed…I gotta remember that.

  334. Algernon Parker April 19, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    My pictures would be better if I took the time to do personal projects of my own, and of course if more people saw my work. Social media?

    http://www.facebook.com/AEparkerPhotography

  335. aWebJam April 19, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    My pictures would be better if……I quit buying more gear and learned to use what I have

  336. fas April 19, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    My pictures would be better if… I would care to test it.

  337. Grunge April 19, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    My pictures would be better if I had any level of photographic talent…any at all!

  338. sarah April 19, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    thanks Chase.

  339. Clint April 19, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    My pictures would be better if i took a little more time and didn’t rush myself

  340. Justin T April 19, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    If I could go deeper in to the concept!

    or

    If I selflessly plugged my website so someone actually viewed my portfolio!

    justintaylorphotography.com

  341. Eric Calabros April 19, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    My pictures would be better if I had a dedicated teacher named Chase Jarvis

  342. Airat April 19, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    My pictures would be better if I feel and know that I want to see

  343. John April 19, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    My pictures would be better if I could get more GENUINE critique from friends and family (rather than the ego-bumping nonsense they think you want to hear).

  344. John April 19, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    My pictures would be better if I could get more GENUINE critique from friends and family (rather than the ego-bumping nonsense they think you want to hear).

    Nothing is really all that useful about being told “oh, that’s lovely” for every single shot you show people.

  345. Amanda Dumas April 19, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    If I would walk up to strangers and models and photograph them.
    I’m not as good with making small talk and negotiating with people as I should be. If I did, it would lend a compelling storytelling element to my compositions.

  346. Max April 19, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    My pictures would be better if today wasn’t such a bright and sunny day in Paris… Lost in Summer

  347. Tom Barker April 19, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    My photos would be better if I took time to think about the outcome before I set off on a project.

  348. Dan April 19, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    My pictures would be better if I spent more time editing, worked on a personal style, and had shoots that had goals and reasons.

  349. Riccardo Pastore April 19, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    My art would be better if I would be able to completely concretize what I have in my mind when I press down the shutter-release button of my reflex

  350. Bryan April 19, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    My pictures would be better if I nailed the technical aspect 100% of the time, and had “models” (portrait subjects).

  351. Puneet Dembla April 19, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    my Pictures would be better if I had more time to dedicate to it rather than earning my meal.

  352. Fernando April 19, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    My pictures would be better if… I were not a lousy photographer!!!

  353. Daniel April 19, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    My pictures would be better if I wasn’t so afraid of people looking at me.

  354. Michael Carty April 19, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    My photography would be better if I could starve my resistance to follow through in everything I do by using the fear that sustains it as my own fuel to do it.

  355. Micah Kvidt April 19, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    My pictures would be better if I spent more time at the shoot

  356. Yen Wang April 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I take more photos!

  357. Cindy April 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I could just get rid of this pesky fear and just realize that any kind of output is more valuable than all the input that I rationalize every day.

  358. chris April 19, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    Could afford some better gear and nice glass

  359. RobyFabro April 19, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    probably… if I stop sitting on my arse and experiment a bit more!

  360. Costas April 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    My pictures would be better if more of them got rejected.
    (I don’t mean that I am that good, I mean that I get a lot of easy assignments that don’t push me enough),

  361. Bill Bankson April 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    My photographs would be better if I printed more of them.
    releasing them from their little electronic world

  362. Randy April 19, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I forced myself to photograph everything around me on a daily basis

  363. sam April 19, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I follow the advises of Chase and you people.

    thanks guys!

  364. Angela April 19, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I put more effort into in: practicing, planning, knowing myself…

  365. Mr.Falcon April 19, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    Well My pictures would be better if…. I had the guts to turn them into publishers.
    I had better equipment.
    I was more motivated.
    I criticized my photos less.
    I went to school for
    Photography.
    Which brings me to my question for the INSPIRING and truly TALENTED Chase Jarvis. Do you feel that schooling can make or break a photographer. I understand school is important and feel all kinds should go. But what can college teach me, that the real world can’t?
    Is it better to go to College for photography?

    Thank you for reading Chase.

  366. Chris April 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    If I stopped listening to the little demon in my head telling me I’m not good enough!
    If I devoted more time to photography.
    If I could decide “what subjects do I truly enjoy shooting?”

  367. tonya April 19, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    …if I wasn’t so afraid of dealing with people that I let it make me turn down 80% of the inquiries I get. Can’t improve if I won’t shoot.

  368. JoeC April 19, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

    My pictures would be better when I learn to see the wind, hear the silence, feel the moment.

  369. Michael M April 19, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I got off my lazy ass and shot more often.

  370. Laurent April 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm #

    My pictures would be better if

    … my camera was always with me!

  371. Andi April 20, 2011 at 1:40 am #

    At any given moment my pictures would be better if i stop thinking that my pictures could be better.

  372. Vincenzo April 20, 2011 at 3:58 am #

    My pictures would be better….if I would shoot more hours!

  373. Andy April 20, 2011 at 4:50 am #

    My photos would be better if I allowed the universe to talk through me rather than trying to talk the universe into talking to me!

    http://www.insightphotographers.co.uk
    http://www.insightphotographers.blogspot.com

  374. jeremy April 20, 2011 at 4:50 am #

    if i focussed on feeling the composition and the light, rather than worried about technical settings

  375. Bart April 20, 2011 at 6:21 am #

    I remember to remove the lensecap….

  376. Meredith Phillips April 20, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    My pictures would be better if I was more risky.

  377. Ron Dawson April 20, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    My films would be better if I practiced more.

  378. Richard Kong April 20, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    My concepts would be better if I learnt to let them tell their story more often :)

  379. Jordan Bush April 20, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    My photographs would be better if I focused more on the possibilities instead of the limitations, followed the story instead of forcing the story, remembering that a plan is just a plan, and never putting my camera down.

  380. Arne April 20, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    My images would be better if i worked harder at capturing the whole story instead of repetitive shots

  381. Nate Perkes April 20, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Such a good question! Thanks so much Chase.

    My pictures would be better if I shot more for myself when I wasn’t shooting for a client.

  382. DanielKPhoto April 20, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    My Pictures would be better if I’d go out just to take photos more often. And I’d take more initiative and set up a photoshoot with friends or so :)

  383. Jakob April 20, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I had some more time to actually take them.

  384. corey April 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    My art would be better if I wasn’t so afraid…

  385. Sean K April 20, 2011 at 11:47 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I cared less about what others would think of them

  386. keen April 21, 2011 at 3:10 am #

    my pictures would be better if I had more naked girls available, oh and old guys with wrinkled faces as well

  387. Eliano April 21, 2011 at 6:09 am #

    My pictures would be better if I was close enough.

  388. Steve Lewis April 21, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    My pictures would be better if I had the “Best Camera” app as a plug-in for Photoshop! Just a thought.

  389. Todd Aaron April 21, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    My photos would be better if I spent more time practicing, pushing my limits, stretching myself artistically… than surfing the internet. lol (but seriously)

  390. Elliot Dickison April 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    …I took more of them.

  391. karry April 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    give me the pics I want.

  392. William April 21, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    My pictures would be better if I wasnt afraid to do what the hell I dream of doing

  393. Cécile April 22, 2011 at 4:09 am #

    my picture would be better if I dare more and procrastinate less, get out of my comfort zone…

  394. Rainer Leit April 22, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    My pictures would be better if i had enough motivation to go to new places , experience new atmosphere and have the cash to travel. Im probably lacking the motivation , i always am afraid to go to new places if i get lost and get into problems. I have the possibilities to do that in Estonia and Finland , but the fear still stays there.

  395. Cody April 22, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    my pictures would be better if i stopped making excuses.

  396. Jason April 23, 2011 at 2:01 am #

    If I shot them

  397. Dan B April 23, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    My pictures would be better if I could quiet my mind and be more patient.

  398. Simon April 24, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    My pictures would be better if I got myself out of my comfort zone more often, took more risks and had a better idea of where to aim my passion/energy/hustle.

    • Kate Becker April 25, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

      My pictures would be better if I would stop being afraid of lighting.

  399. Stephen Coss April 25, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    My Pictures/Music would be better if I finished all the projects that came to my head

  400. Peter April 28, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

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    I like it the other way round so this is pretty much a real fubar “Teufelskreis”.

    :)

  401. Paul D'Andrea April 29, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    My pictures would be better if they were more my own. (Some are, like my nature work, but my portraits still feel like I’m following someone else’s lead much of the time.)

  402. David Killingback May 1, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    …if I took more risks.

  403. Jesper May 1, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    My pictures would be better if I had more megapixels and a 600mm f/4 lens (bird photography).

  404. Marky May 3, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    My picture would be better if everybody could see it

  405. Robertv May 8, 2011 at 4:22 am #

    My pictures would be better if… I could get off my ass and actually shoot.

    Apathy is getting me nowhere. What’s worse is I know it and can’t sort it out alone.

  406. Courtney Stevens May 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    My photography would be better if I got out and practiced more.

  407. Bruce Press May 17, 2011 at 8:00 am #

    My pictures would be better if… I took more time with each shot, looking at the environment, the light and what I wanted to say.

  408. David August 18, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    My pictures would be better if I knew there was no chance for ANY post-production work: NONE.

  409. joe Smith August 19, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    My pictures would be better if someone else took them.

  410. Jose gonzalez August 20, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    …..if I shooted faces

  411. Mark Lee August 21, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    …if I spent more time shooting in the water

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  413. Alex Smith January 22, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    my wedding photography was in somewhere beautiful like prague or austria maybe even just france or somewhere that isn’t flat like hull, see what i mean at http://www.as-images.co.uk :/ pics aren’t bad but needs more hills!

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    …had an infinate budget for equipment!

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