Tuesday, May 3, 2011

10 Tips to Help You Become a Better Photographer

1. Learn Where You Need To Improve

Before getting better at anything, you need to work out what you actually need to work on. Write a list of things

you don’t feel confident with, it can be as long or as short as you like but try to keep each one as narrow as

possible. When you have your list, concentrate on just one item from it and spend time practising, researching and

doing everything you can to improve that particular aspect of your photography. When you feel confident with it,

cross it off and move onto the next one.

2. Be Critical

When you take a photograph that you’re not happy with, don’t just scrap it. Spend some time looking at it and work

out what you don’t like about it. Write your thoughts down so you can look back over them later. You might start to

find a pattern where it’s the same things that you aren’t happy with. If that’s the case, go back and add it to

your list.

3. Set Yourself Assignments

A great way to improve your photography when you know what it is that needs improving, is to set yourself

assignments. This gives you a challenge, something to aim towards and it helps keep you on the right path. Make it

achievable though and preferably something that you will enjoy doing. If, for example, you want to improve your

close up animal shots, don’t just take a thousand photographs of the dog, set yourself a challenge that will take

you out of your comfort zone, like getting yourself a shot of a squirrel holding a nut.

4. Try New Things

The worst thing you can do is take shot after shot of the same things, with the same settings. Even if there’s

something you’re brilliant at, it’s always good to make changes to make sure you don’t get complacent. You might

learn something that will improve what you are already great at but it’s even more important for beginners, trying

new things will definitely speed up the learning process.

5. Be Patient

I’m terrible for this one but it’s a really important trait to have! Don’t expect brilliant results instantly,

becoming a great photographer takes time and isn’t something that can be learned overnight. It’s even more

important when you are completing your smaller tasks to not give up at the first sign of failure.

6. Find Inspiration

When you are feeling confident with your camera and you want to experiment a little, it can be a challenge to come

up with new ideas and it might be a good idea to take inspiration from other people’s work. Look around the

internet, in magazines, even in shopping malls where there can be many promotional posters. Try taking ideas from

the material rather than copying them, so you can develop your own unique style.

7. Learn From the Best

Following on from finding inspiration, take some of that inspiration and work out what makes it great. Critique the

photographer’s work, look at why that particular shot is so good, what do their photographs have that yours don’t?

This is a great way of improving your own photography, as you look closer at photographs rather than just thinking

‘that looks nice’ and moving on to the next.

8. Shoot, Shoot and Shoot Again

There’s no better way to learn than getting out there and experimenting. You can read a million books but you will

still learn faster just by doing it and learnig from your own mistakes. Spend some time taking shots of the same

subject over and over again in different ways. It could also be a good idea to record what settings you used for

each photo so you can work out what worked the best when you look back over them later.

9. Listen to Feedback

When you are improving, get other opinions instead of just judging your own work. There are plenty of people out

there willing to help your photography, even if they don’t realise it. Tell people you don’t just want to know if

they like a shot or not, but you want to know what they like or don’t like about it. Also, it’s not just other

photographer’s you want feedback from. People who have no idea about photography can still give an opinion that

could make you realise something you could have done to improve the shot, so get feedback from as many different

sources as possible.

10. Don’t Give Up

The final tip is the most important of them all. If you really want to become an amazing photographer, it takes

time, dedication and commitment. Everyone has to start somewhere, and many people do give up when they get

impatient or frustrated, but stick with it and you will get there.

Missing someone gets easier everyday. Because, even though it is one day further from the last time you saw each

other, it is one day closer to the next time you wil


SHM said...
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SHM said...

try to write a list of things u don't cnfident with..:D