5 Tips to Boost Your Digital Photography
The following 5 tips signify the top 5 things that have helped me the most to develop as a photographer and I always refer to these to further my development. I expect they too can help you along your own journey.
1. It seems simple but it is accurate; looking at photographs that are great will make you a better photographer. Study images recorded by the best photographers in your field.
Personally I Have found continually looking at other photographers' work and examining what it's that appeals to me in images that I like to have resulted in the most improvement in my photography. I truly urge you to be relentless in which images you analyze - don't study good photos but rather just study 'amazing' photographs. A great photograph will make you catch your interest and stop and take notice. When looking at images that are such ask yourself these questions:
a) What components instantly appeal to you personally in the image? Is it the light? The matter? The composition? Perhaps it was the low angle view? Understand what it is that you enjoy so much from the image and then set out to include these components in your own work. The more images you examine the more clear tendencies in what you enjoy so much become.
b) Observe the time of day the image was captured? Was it at pre-morning or after sunrise? Try and confirm a trend and then place-out to shoot during exactly the same times of the day
c) Find the course of lighting; is the light hitting the subject from the back, front or is the subject side lit?
d) What theme always makes for a powerful image?
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There are numerous online sources where you can seek out great photographs but none better in my opinion than 500px. Simply see the 'Popular' and 'Editors Choice' sections and pick your respective genre (i.e. Landscapes). There is even an iPhone App that you could download so that you can be inspired whilst you are on the go.
2. Just show your best pictures - not merely pictures you are fairly happy with but pictures you feel proud to show. There was once a question asked in a presentation by a photographer that was successful and they were asked a straightforward question from one of the audience members. The question was how to do you become a great photographer? The successful photographer's reply was afterward just as equally straightforward; 'never show anyone your bad photographs'. I think this is really true and only quite lately is something which I Have began to do better after a recent moment when I realised that I was sharing images on social networking outlets since I felt the need to keep producing images consistently and by doing so compromising on quality and ultimately compromising my reputation along the way... Don't make the same mistake that I only reveal your very best pictures and made. Then such an image is simply not good enough in the event that you are in two heads or not sure about an image! Only reveal images that you're completely convinced that they're a hero shot. Revealing only 5 very powerful images is far better than revealing 8 quite strong coupled with two weak images; those two weak images will significantly dampen the effect of the other eight and cause the viewer to change their perception about the quality of you as a photographer. The old golden rule stays; quality is better than quantity.
3. This third rule is more appropriate to Landscape Photography. To be able to improve as a Landscape Photographer you need to be incredibly persistent! Also you've captured an image that you simply are not quite happy with because the lighting conditions may haven't been the greatest and if you go to a scene, then don't settle; until you capture an image of the same scene in astonishing light return to the same location. In case you talk to any seasoned Landscape Photographer they will tell you that most of their excursions and those debilitating early pre-dawn starts prove fruitless... Accept that you're sometimes not going to come back with images to share and in case you're finding that you are getting a rewarding image on each of your shoots because you're blessed, it is not but instead your quality expectations are not high enough! It requires years to build a collection of pictures which you can really feel proud of as I 've a somewhat comprehension of just how much effort has gone into producing their group of images, and I have the upmost respect for successful landscape photographers for this very reason.
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4. Learn as much as you can about your favoured genre of photography. It is really accurate; I like to presume that I'm only just learning the basics in a lifelong quest to feel fulfilled and you never stop learning. I don't stop trying to learn and I fairly often seek tuition and workshops from photographers who I deem to be among the best in Landscape Photography in my region. Fuel my desires to learn as much as I can about the craft of photography and I want to learn more. I have met some wonderful people along my brief journey so far and I've found that the community of Australian Landscape Photographers to be a friendly one where we try and share knowledge to benefit one another. Your favourite photographers in your town and do not be scared to contact them about receiving some. Do not expect that these photographers will simply tell you everything that they understand for free and respect that these photographers need to make a living from what they do.
5. Finally my last hint would be to just simply get out there and shoot! Learn by doing! Stop talking about it and merely do it! Achieve better results through committed action. There'll be many frustrations and blunders along the way but mistakes are another word for encounter. For each failed shoot a lesson will be learnt and this is what will considerably help you become a better photographer. I have made my share of mistakes and I'm quite sure I Will continue to make a few more as I get more experienced but I can tell you that I am much better for each blunder that I Have made. For example I once left behind an L bracket that holds the camera on my tripod head in the car where I was off leap for a pre-morning waterfall shoot. Only once I had arrived after completing the hour long trek in the dark did I realise that I forgot the L Mount... Year's on and I Have never forgotten that same L mount ever again...
I trust if so I'd greatly appreciate you letting me know and you got something out of these hints. I would like to hear your opinions.
Can Cause You To Be Renowned In Your Community!
For those who have been following my daily posts, you have been working quite hard recently learning all the various photo hints and rules... Now let us try our hands at an extremely fun photo endeavor - which could cause you to get well-known in your community! We just don't know what, although I understand that those people who've been bitten by the photo bug frequently wake up in the morning wanting to shoot something!
Here is a project that may be done in a couple of minutes or can continue years - and it's totally up to you...
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Most communities have some kind of historical society. Try contacting the local library, in case you can't find a listing for one. Pay them a visit, once you've tracked them down and ask to see old photos of the area. Locate a chance taken back as far as the middle 1800's, possible is perfect, and get a copy of the photo. Now take your equipment, go to exactly the same area and shoot a modern day photo from the exact same vantage point, etc. Try to duplicate as much of the photo as you can... if there's a horse and buggy going down the street, comprise an automobile at the same area in your photo. If there are people strolling down the pavement, set in yours also! I'm certain you know what I mean! You are striving to reproduce as much as you can. (Don't forget to shoot the picture at the same time of day!)
Once you are done, print them out side by side. This project will educate you more than you can ever predict! It'll not only educate you on just how to work with your equipment, but nevertheless, it will teach you to try to find and be observant of details. Not only that, this endeavor is ideal for kids just starting out in photography all the way through old retired professional shots. It all depends on you and just how much detail you want to carry.
For example... In the original photograph with people wandering down the sidewalk... does your photo reveal them?
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A photo by a teenaged beginner may not. It's OK. Shoot at your own level! Are you advanced? If so the strollers are comprised! We can even go deeper if you want to... Is it the same size family group as the original? Are they made up of exactly the same combination? (Man, girl, three children.)
In other words, you can keep it simple - no folks in the slightest! Only the location. Or you can definitely get as complex as you desire. This job is a guaranteed method to get known in your community - once people have seen your before and following pictures. Compile them into a group and contribute a copy to the neighborhood historical society, library, Chamber of Commerce.
Afterward, do it! Before long you'll have enough of them to put together a 'then and now' type of book! Chambers of Commerce love this sort of thing!
You ARE going to love this photo project! Not only will you have a lot of fun, learn to master your equipment and develop a critical photo 'eye.' You'll fast become known in the community for your photography! To learn more, assess the resources box!