22.10.12

5 simple steps to improve your photos





A quick guide on how to improve your photos.

1. Don’t fear failure
Give everything a go, and don’t worry about failing. If you never try you’ll never know - I’m saying that in order to know what works for you you have to give it a go, and if you want to find out what your style in photography is you have to take photos. You have to live photography.

2. Always take photos
Take your camera wherever you go, and snap away. It doesn’t matter what you’re photographing as long as you actually do it.
In order to improve your skills you have to work on it. Anything we want to learn requires hard work and patience. The most important thing is to never give up and keep going.
I’ve said this somewhere before (it’s originally from Darren from Problogger): it’s like building muscles - in order for them to grow you need to use them. So if you want to improve your photography skills you have to use your camera.

3. Learn from other photographers
Look at other photographer’s work, and figure out who’s work you like. Then pick one photo and take a close look at it: what is it that makes the photo attractive to you? What makes the photo work?
Is it the colour, the light, the composition, the perspective, the subject, the story that goes with it, … it could be anything.
Take some time and analyse what you like about certain photos.
And if you feel confident you can always shoot the photographer an email and ask them whatever you want to know. I believe most people are actually more open and happy to get back to you than you might expect.

4. Don’t worry so much about equipment
This post here, and my first guest post on Bre’s blog are about this - I genuinely believe that anyone can be a photographer. Of course good equipment makes your job easier, but it’s the eye that takes the photo.
Imagine Henri Cartier-Bresson (or George Brassaï, or W. Eugene Smith, or...) : give him a really crappy camera, and tell him to come back with some nice photos. Do you think he could have done it?
I sure do.
You can replace Henri Cartier-Bresson with any other photographer who’s work and approach to photography you admire.

5. Photograph in manual mode
Again - this topic keeps coming up. It’s such an important factor when it comes to keeping control over your camera and the results you get.
If you need some help with that have a look at these posts: understanding exposure, creating special effects with simple means, how to keep your photos sharp.
I also wrote a few guest posts on Bre’s blog explaining shutter speed and aperture (and soon ISO). And I will write another one bringing all three together, explaining how they all work together when using your camera in manual mode. So stay tuned and keep an eye out for that.

I hope this helps if you’re feeling a bit discouraged (I do sometimes), or if you’re only just starting out in photography.
If you want more also have a look at this post here.

Leave a comment if you have any questions or want to talk. :)

4 comments:

  1. Great tips! I'm sometimes to shy to take my camera out, which by doing so I miss a ton of photographs, I'm going to try to be better about that!
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    1. Thank you! I know what you mean by missing heaps of photos. I sometimes don't take my camera with me (not because I'm too shy), just because it's too heavy... ;)

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