Quick tips to improve your photography and change the way you shoot forever.
OK - no messing around. You want to take better photos? Here it is.
1 - Take your camera everywhere. Get used to carrying that bad boy around. Get a comfy bag or a belt clip, whatever works for you. You can’t take pictures if you don’t have your camera.
2 - Take pictures every day. In your home, on your way to work, when you walk the dog. Taking pictures in difficult or boring situations is a great way to learn.
3 - LOOK. At your pictures. What do you like about them? What do you dislike about them? Edit ruthlessly.
4 - LOOK. At other photographers. Learn from your favourites. Every now and then you’ll come across some wiseacre who says they don’t look at other peoples work - that is self indulgent tripe. We can all learn from other people.
5 - LOOK. At the situation you are photographing. Don’t just snap and move on. Stop. Count to 30 whilst observing. In that time look at where the light is coming from, where the action is happening, where it is going.
6 - Get Closer. “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough” - Robert Capa.
7 - Interact with your subject - a camera is not something to hide behind.
8 - Play with Depth of Field & Shutter Speed.
9 - Learn. Go to workshops. This is the single biggest thing you can do that will improve your photography. Learn from an expert. Duh!
10 - Shoot from the heart. Be honest and open and wholehearted in your approach. When I photograph someone/something, I am heart and soul invested in the process and in them. I want to do justice to my subject and in those moments, nothing else matters.
11 - Buy a better camera/lens - just kidding, they are a complete waste of money.
12 - Learn the rule of thirds - it’s a great starting point for all composition. And once you fully understand the implications of it, you can cheerfully set about breaking the rules in ways that improve your photographs.
I have loads more to say on the subject of becoming a better photographer - and frankly it is because I have made thousands of mistakes. I think that will be my next blog - all the embarrassing mishaps I have had.
See you then :)