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…]

Paul Armes says:

…had an infinate budget for equipment!

I love your wonderful writing. topnotch stuff. I hope you write many. I will carry on reading

Alex Smith says:

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!

Whats up! I simply would like to give a huge thumbs up for the nice info you might have here on this post. I will be coming back to your blog for extra soon.

Mark Lee says:

…if I spent more time shooting in the water

…..if I shooted faces

joe Smith says:

My pictures would be better if someone else took them.

David says:

My pictures would be better if I knew there was no chance for ANY post-production work: NONE.

Bruce Press says:

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.

My photography would be better if I got out and practiced more.

Robertv says:

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.

Marky says:

My picture would be better if everybody could see it

Jesper says:

My pictures would be better if I had more megapixels and a 600mm f/4 lens (bird photography).

…if I took more risks.

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.)

Peter says:

[…] if I would stop thinking about buying camera-stuff, be more focused, give my photography a direction by choosing a topic which I will follow and stop reading any kind of homepages and blogs […]

BUT…

I like it the other way round so this is pretty much a real fubar “Teufelskreis”.

:)

Stephen Coss says:

My Pictures/Music would be better if I finished all the projects that came to my head

Simon says:

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 says:

My pictures would be better if I would stop being afraid of lighting.

Dan B says:

My pictures would be better if I could quiet my mind and be more patient.

Jason says:

If I shot them

Cody says:

my pictures would be better if i stopped making excuses.

Rainer Leit says:

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.

Cécile says:

my picture would be better if I dare more and procrastinate less, get out of my comfort zone…

William says:

My pictures would be better if I wasnt afraid to do what the hell I dream of doing

karry says:

give me the pics I want.

Elliot Dickison says:

…I took more of them.

Todd Aaron says:

My photos would be better if I spent more time practicing, pushing my limits, stretching myself artistically… than surfing the internet. lol (but seriously)

Steve Lewis says:

My pictures would be better if I had the “Best Camera” app as a plug-in for Photoshop! Just a thought.

Eliano says:

My pictures would be better if I was close enough.

keen says:

my pictures would be better if I had more naked girls available, oh and old guys with wrinkled faces as well

Sean K says:

My pictures would be better if I cared less about what others would think of them

corey says:

My art would be better if I wasn’t so afraid…

Jakob says:

My pictures would be better if I had some more time to actually take them.

Steve Lewis says:

I feel your pain, brother!

DanielKPhoto says:

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 :)

Nate Perkes says:

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.

Arne says:

My images would be better if i worked harder at capturing the whole story instead of repetitive shots

Jordan Bush says:

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.

Richard Kong says:

My concepts would be better if I learnt to let them tell their story more often :)

Ron Dawson says:

My films would be better if I practiced more.

Meredith Phillips says:

My pictures would be better if I was more risky.

Bart says:

I remember to remove the lensecap….

jeremy says:

if i focussed on feeling the composition and the light, rather than worried about technical settings

Andy says:

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

Vincenzo says:

My pictures would be better….if I would shoot more hours!

Andi says:

At any given moment my pictures would be better if i stop thinking that my pictures could be better.

Laurent says:

My pictures would be better if

… my camera was always with me!

Michael M says:

My pictures would be better if I got off my lazy ass and shot more often.

JoeC says:

My pictures would be better when I learn to see the wind, hear the silence, feel the moment.

tonya says:

…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.

Chris says:

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?”

Mr.Falcon says:

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.

Angela says:

My pictures would be better if I put more effort into in: practicing, planning, knowing myself…

sam says:

My pictures would be better if I follow the advises of Chase and you people.

thanks guys!

Randy says:

My pictures would be better if I forced myself to photograph everything around me on a daily basis

Bill Bankson says:

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

Costas says:

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),

RobyFabro says:

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

chris says:

Could afford some better gear and nice glass

Cindy says:

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.

Yen Wang says:

My pictures would be better if I take more photos!

Micah Kvidt says:

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

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.

Daniel says:

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

Fernando says:

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

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

Bryan says:

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

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

Dan says:

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

Tom Barker says:

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

Max says:

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

Amanda Dumas says:

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.

John says:

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.

John says:

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).

Airat says:

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

Eric Calabros says:

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

Justin T says:

If I could go deeper in to the concept!

or

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

justintaylorphotography.com

Clint says:

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

sarah says:

thanks Chase.

Grunge says:

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

fas says:

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

aWebJam says:

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

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

Kevin says:

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.

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

Leigh says:

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

NIc says:

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

Boris says:

Ouch… so many answers !!!

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

Boris

Rudolf says:

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

Laura says:

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.

Kris says:

… 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.

UncleSam says:

My pictures would be better if I did them so.

Geoff says:

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

David Manning says:

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

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

Russ Rowland says:

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

ET says:

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

Ana GR says:

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.

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!)

Anthony I says:

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

Dennis Pike says:

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

Grant says:

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

Mike says:

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

Raman Singh says:

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

Rohit46 says:

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

David says:

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 says:

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.

Mark Tipple says:

My pictures would be better if I had gills.

Marvin says:

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

Jeremy M says:

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

CallumW says:

…… I could afford an assistant

Debjyoti says:

My pictures would be better if I understood myself!!

Sven says:

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

Henry says:

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

Dmitry says:

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

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

Jesse says:

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

bimal nair says:

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

Frederik says:

My pictures would be better if I trusted my talent more

Greg Sanders says:

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.

Nate says:

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

Kevin says:

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

Mark says:

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

Michael says:

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!

Emilia says:

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.

Shawn says:

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

JayIz says:

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

ngkokkeong says:

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

Rana says:

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

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

TomTaki says:

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

My pictures would be better if I were braver.

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

Nate says:

if I took them instead of thought about them…

Andre says:

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

B says:

I didn’t press the button so quickly

Dale says:

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

Hunter White says:

… I got of my ass and photographed

Tom says:

…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.

maria thomas says:

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

Dave says:

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

Daniel says:

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

Brett Crawford says:

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

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

Stan says:

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

Phil says:

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

Joe Nguyen says:

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

Joe Nguyen says:

Thought I’d share this set I produced with…

…one camera, two lenses, a few of flashlights, and a nearly empty wallet.

http://www.joenguyenphoto.com/#229839/Night-Vision

Kristel says:

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

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.

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.

John Glynn says:

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

Fred Cassara says:

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.

De'Niro says:

My pictures would be better I took more changes!

Sherry Fagan says:

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

mat gardella says:

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

mat gardella says:

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

JackieS says:

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

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

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

ElizabethB says:

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

Anonymous says:

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

Mary says:

if I had more faith in my technique

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.

Igor Furnas says:

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

Francis C says:

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

john urban says:

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. :)

jim boyle says:

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.

Al Graham says:

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

Scott Nelson says:

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

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 :-)

Raji Barbir says:

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

NOT says:

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

Matthew says:

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

Jeremy says:

… I experimented more.

TheDigitalVue says:

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

Dan Kaufman says:

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

Agnes says:

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

Renee says:

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

Alan says:

… 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.

Larry Wyatt says:

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

Jonathan says:

… Left the house more often

Kleppy says:

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.

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

Rob says:

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 :-) ).

My pictures would be better if I practiced more.

Dimitrios Kotsilimpas says:

….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.

Mike says:

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

Nathan Price says:

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

Rob says:

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

Michael Ryan says:

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

Mike Wilson says:

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

Kajphotos says:

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

Jeff says:

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

Peter says:

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

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

Peter says:

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

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

… I took more of them.

Eldon Yoder says:

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!

sam says:

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

Kjartan Þór says:

if I practised and experimented more.

Van Luu says:

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

einar says:

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

Jabari says:

…both shot more and experimented when I do shoot!

Ernie Pena says:

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.

Harry says:

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

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

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 says:

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 says:

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.

Kimberly Haugen says:

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

Zach Suggs says:

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.

.. I had industry standard models.

Kevin says:

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

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

Peter Ort says:

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.

Tina B says:

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.

Paul Newman says:

…if, I had more time.

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

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!

Dave says:

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

Anne-Marie says:

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 :-)

Jack says:

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

MC says:

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

Jonathan says:

I was more ambitious.

Philipp Ulrich says:

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

Tiffany says:

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

Jackie Faria says:

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

Lex says:

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

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

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

sweetandcoolval says:

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.

Lukas Cerman says:

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

Scott Nickell says:

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

Kelly Settle says:

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

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!

Fadi Kelada says:

My pictures would be better if I make more of them

Fadi Kelada says:

My pictures would be better if make more of them

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

shoot I can’t spell shoot

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.

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.

Tony Obfenda says:

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!

Mike says:

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.

aMy says:

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

nigel says:

My pictures would be better if they were in focus.

Becca says:

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

Eric Seilo says:

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

Beat Küng says:

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.

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

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

Greg says:

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

Nate Carrasco says:

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

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

Marc says:

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

chris says:

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…

Todd says:

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

Jackie says:

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

Tory says:

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

Jonny says:

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

andyherbick says:

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

Tim says:

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

My pictures would be better if I travelled more.

Bryan says:

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.

dustin says:

consistently photographed what I am passion about.

Matt says:

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

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

Nonsence says:

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..

mondostic says:

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

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.

Barry says:

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

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

Anonymous says:

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

luke says:

… 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.

CJ Kern says:

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

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

Stef Schulze says:

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.

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.

Spencer says:

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

jim says:

If I slowed down.

Drew W says:

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

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

Erin says:

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

Emeka says:

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

Laurie says:

My pictures would be better if I could overcome Resistance.

My pictures would be better if i worked harder

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

My pictures would be better if I shot more of them

Going with the motto : practice makes perfect

Steve says:

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

Rusty Tripod says:

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

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

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. :(

Ivonne says:

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

Aaron says:

My pictures would be better if I had more lights.

Kristina says:

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.

Murph says:

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.

Joel says:

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

Mathieu Wauters says:

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

Ian says:

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

Chris says:

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!

…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’.

Fauzan Lazi says:

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

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

Nick says:

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

Gary says:

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

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

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

Tori Heart says:

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

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!

Norm says:

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.

…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.

ivind says:

My pictures would be better if I planned ahead.

EC GRoom says:

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

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

David Clarke says:

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.

My pictures would be better if I worked harder.

Damn, that sucks to say out loud!

Stefan says:

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

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)

Josh says:

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

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

Ian Curcio says:

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

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!

RC says:

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

Blair says:

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

Justin says:

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

James says:

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

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

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

Brent H says:

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

Ahmad says:

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!

jose says:

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

Rob says:

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

Bill Hoenk says:

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

Tori says:

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

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

Nicole says:

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.

Trudy says:

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

Edge says:

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

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.

Tanner says:

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 says:

bless this post, that’s my case too n_n

Jared Earle says:

My pictures would be better if I had better equipment.

Yes, I went there.

No, I’m not joking.

Kevin Pepin says:

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

Ray medina says:

My pictures would be better if I would shoot more…

cat says:

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

Orin says:

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

Viktoria says:

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

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.

vernography says:

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

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

baldmountain says:

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.

Luke Blackett says:

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.

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

G Allard says:

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

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.

EperAgi says:

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

Clement says:

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

Beto Orduña says:

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

Mark says:

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

I listened music while shooting cuz music inspires me.

Ant says:

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

patrick says:

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

Ivan says:

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

Luis says:

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!!!!!

bob says:

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

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.

Mike Berk says:

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.

jake scott says:

i unscattered my mind

Johnson Huynh says:

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

Luis Murillo says:

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.

Naina says:

My pictures would be better if I shot more.

Jay says:

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

TAK says:

Mentally slowed down.

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

Dade Freeman says:

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

Tiffany Gill says:

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

LHardy says:

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

Mel Reyes-Abbey says:

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

Sven-Eric Müller says:

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

Eugene Holtz says:

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

Anonymous says:

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

Sergiu says:

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.

Drew says:

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.

Coffeefueled says:

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 says:

Totally agree with you on this one

Dave Deibert says:

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

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.

tucker joenz says:

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

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

christian says:

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

Sarah Miller says:

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

Nicolle says:

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.

Andy B says:

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

josh says:

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

Anonymous says:

…if i just know what i do…….

Tracy says:

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

mike says:

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

Jonathan says:

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

I did more with less.

Chase says:

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

Perttu R says:

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

Jesse says:

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.

Floh says:

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

Ben Walton says:

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

Chris says:

Great answer!

Jeff says:

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

Kate says:

My pictures would be better if I took more risks.

joey says:

I put more time into composure.

Willie says:

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

Kelli says:

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

Karen says:

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

Anonymous says:

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 .

Justin Sperry says:

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

Magda Rakita says:

if i would shoot more!

RomeoAD says:

All the same here :D

Kerrie says:

I had a little bit more confidence in directing my subjects

Brett says:

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

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

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

John Vicory says:

My Pictures would be better if I pushed back Resistance.

Mike says:

I got off my backside and shot more.

Chris says:

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

Scott says:

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

ajw93 says:

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

Chase says:

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

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

Mark Murfitt says:

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 says:

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 says:

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

Chirag says:

Same with me.

Mike says:

Big hurdle for me too.

JDS says:

That’s what she said…

Tyler Green says:

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

Mina says:

My pictures would be better if…

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

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

Ahmad says:

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

sam says:

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

http://exandwhy.co.uk

Ahmad says:

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

Michelle says:

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

clyde says:

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

Andrew MacDonald says:

+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 says:

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

Anonymous says:

ko9h

Corné says:

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 says:

My pictures would be better if…

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

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

Michael says:

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

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

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 says:

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

Ghislain says:

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.

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 says:

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

Finbar says:

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 says:

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

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

Michael says:

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

kjfoto says:

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 says:

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

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 says:

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

Renee says:

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 says:

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 says:

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

JayIz says:

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

Olen says:

Thanks Chase, for the encouragement.

Keep it coming.

vasco says:

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…

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

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