There are so many possibilities and ways to learn photography on online and offline media. But are we able to distinguish what to take from them? Are we, as beginners or even more advanced photographers able to get the maximum benefit from both mediums in order to improve our skills and to learn more, no matter what the subject is?
Here are my tips on how to improve your photography skills.
Let’s just start with a short story. Since the beginning of our life we learn to eat, talk, walk behave etc observing the ones around us. Then in school we learn how to read, write, and paint, however to develop our vocabulary the teacher advises (“forces”) us to read, the art teacher stimulates our vision through studying artists. The same goes with photography, to develop our vision, perception and creativity we should follow the same simple steps as we did in school:
Step 1: Read your camera’s manual and learn every function of it, and here I don’t mean just aperture, shutter speed and focus, I mean all of them. It will help knowing what you do, speeding up the technical process and spending more time on what it matters (message, idea, perspective and so on).
Step 2: Follow photographers that you admire. Look at their photos, analyze them, check the story behind their photos, see how they were taken, what is the purpose, what is the message. This way you will train you eye to see compositions and light.
Step 3: Take a photography class. A photography class is a start of a beautiful trip aside photography. But don’t stop there, do as many as you can from as many points of interest as you can handle. Don’t stay in your comfort zone, it is not helping your vision and creativity.
Step 4: Workshops are an amazing way to stylish your skills and to learn new ones. One of the biggest advantages is that you can choose what you want to learn and you can learn both from the trainer and the other photographers around you. A plus is an environment where everybody has the same hobby as you (you are not the weird one with a camera around your neck 😉 ).
Step 5: Online courses, interactive or pre-recorded videos…. they give you the possibility to learn in your way.
Step 6: Mentoring. You can get the class to have it online or face to face. Mentors are the ones who teach you what you want, in your way of learning with a schedule made by the two of you… It sounds amazing, isn’t it?
Step 7: Assisting a photographer. Every single photographer needs and assistant for all the reasons in the world. If you like a photographer, go for it. After you learn from everybody you like/can you will see how photographers work. How they search and use the light, how they compose an image and why, how they interact and communicate with the subject (doesn’t matter what type of photography you are into… there will always be a subject… ) how to run a business and so many more… you choose!
Step 8: Books. Let’s just not overlook the books. Read, photography or not. It will develop your creativity, vision and … it will inspire you. Read other photographer’s books, they are full of tips and tricks and reading is always good to help you think outside the box.
They are few more to come… so stay tuned.
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.