In the previous blog post I was enumerating many ways to learn photography, let’s try some way to develop your skills now.
Why don’t you:
Step 9: Go to photography meetings and take part in a photography club. The rumors say that photographers keep their secrets for themselves. It’s a myth. We share. A lot. So ask!
Step 10: There are online communities or websites dedicated for photography…. Follow them, be part of them, learn how to critique, how to improve your visual skills and… learn more about lighting, composition, framing and so on from other photographers that are submitting their work on those websites.
Step 11: Watch tutorials, as many as you can…. There are loads of free online tutorials on YouTube or other online dedicated platforms. Spend time watching and understanding them. There are tutorials from how to make use of your camera until the more advanced techniques of post processing in Photoshop or Lightroom.
Step 12: We were talking about your comfort zone. Get out of there! Shoot different types of photography, if you are a portrait photographer try for a weekend landscape or street or maybe product photography. Do a photo session at night, let yourself be photographed. Or maybe write a blog post or invite your non photographer friends to critique your photos.
Step 13: Don’t forget to practice. Practice, practice practice! Take your camera with you everywhere you go and try to practice as much as you can. It is the best lesson ever. This is the best way you can put in practice what you’ve learned and the only way to become confident in your strengths. Experiment with the light, observe it in different moments of the day, learn to use the flashlight. Defeat your fear to communicate with your subjects. You will not always come back with the best picture, however you will have the experience and you will definitely know which are your weaknesses.
Step 14: Start a photography project. Set yourself a goal with a deadline. This will force you to work, to make the best of your camera gear and to learn new stuff. Make your project linear, maybe use just one lens, or the same subject, or maybe choose a theme, a color, an emotion, a location, have a specific idea and stick with it.
Step 15: Concentrate on what you can photograph rather on what you cannot. Instead of dreaming to go to Thailand to make the reportage of you career, concentrate on your city, your village, the village next door, somewhere where you can reach.
Last but not least spend money on photography trips not on gear…. At least in the beginning. Use what you have and when you feel is time to get to the next level, do it. When you are in a new location, you see what locals are used to. You will feel motivated to put on hours of work, you will make mistakes and learn from them. And why would you choose to spend money on expensive gear to keep it at home next to you, when you can use something more affordable and travel the world.
I could carry on forever but you got the point. Do more then you are doing at the moment. There are numerous ways to learn photography. Try as many as you can and see what fits you… and then develop yourself.
PS: Please, please, unless it’s a matter of contest or I don’t know which reason you might have… shoot RAW not JPEG… maybe both … but again, please shoot RAW.
As we pass by life most of us forget to open our eyes and see. Since I put my hand on a camera, I started to see the world in a different way, a way that I couldn’t describe in words. Photography is more than technique and composition. Photography “speaks” through light and shadows about emotions, moments, inner feelings, life style, cultures and customs. It speaks about life, and this is what I love and want to express through my images.