The number one tip to being a great photographer

Since the end of the last term of uni there have been massive opportunities coming up regarding jobs and competitions.
I have been working hard writing personal statements, thinking about how to make myself stand out from the crowd, going through loads of photos to edit, and learning an important lesson.


Taking photos will open up opportunities.
If you keep taking photos everywhere you go you will dramatically expand your portfolio. When it comes to applying for a job you will have more than enough photos to choose from to prove your skills.

I’ll give you an example: I’ve been applying for the best job ever (in my opinion). Basically you get to travel for free while taking photos. To apply you submit a few travel related pictures.

I have been travelling half way around the world a few years ago, and I do have lots of photos from that trip. Those photos aren’t very up-to-date with my skills, though, and I feel if I were to take travel photos again I would focus more on capturing the spirit of the country and its people.

Last Christmas I travelled half way around the world again, this time to visit my boyfriend’s family. This could have been a good chance to take some more travel photos. But we had such a nice and relaxed time that sometimes I just couldn’t be bothered to get out my camera.
If at that time I had known about the job, though, sure I would have taken a million photos.

Lesson learnt: Always take pictures, no matter how you feel. Stay motivated, and you will be fine.

  • Think ahead.
    Of course you can’t predict the future but you can have goals and ambitions. If you can say for sure where you want to be in x months/years time then you know what to work towards. With that goal in mind you can figure out how to get there. Figure out which steps to take towards your goal and you’re already thinking ahead.

    • Always enter competitions.
      Competitions are a great way to keep you going. Entering competitions means challenging yourself and your skills. It will get you out there to take photos, it will make you think about how to stand out, and it will improve your skills (e.g. writing skills, communication skills, organisation skills). Even if you don’t win you still get a lot out of it.
      And again, it’s a great way to keep you motivated.

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