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Five steps to take better photos

The post Five Steps to Making Better Pictures first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Jeremy H. Greenberg.

If you read this, you are an aspiring artist and photographer. You may start just or somewhere in the amateur, hobby, and professional spectrum. Whatever your personal or professional ambitions may be, you may agree that there is room for improvement in your work. The purpose of this article is to propose five strategies that lead to the improvement of your vessel. Although it is not an exhaustive list, any individual strategy or strategies described below, when applied regularly, will result in significant improvements to your photo editing. You can use this list to set your photographic goals for this year and beyond.

1. Photography study

There are formal and informal paths to get better on almost everything. Just like many others, photography is an art form and a craft. If you wanted to learn how to make clothes, paint or work with wood, you would follow lessons and lessons to learn how to do them, right? Photography takes time to learn and a lot of effort to become really skilled. You can even decide to go to the art academy and work on a Bachelor of Fine Arts or a similar academic title at an accredited university or university. There are many good options in many countries if this is the route for you.

Depending on your situation and other factors, you could follow the path I have followed to obtain a professional certificate in photography online. The online option works well for people who have a family, work full-time in another career or just do not have enough time, money or interest to enroll in a bachelor's degree in the arts.

Other ways to study include subscribe to online blogs and newsletters such as Digital Photography School and read the material every week. Weekly newsletters are forwarded to your email and you can enjoy incredible benefits from the wealth of free online information.

Online subscriptions are usually free and so easy to use that every photographer should exploit these valuable resources.

2. Go to the show

Art and photography exhibitions are everywhere and always. We are surrounded by opportunities to view real art and images from emerging and established professionals. There is a great site called photography magazine that contains information about current photography exhibitions and shows in the United States and other countries. If you travel from time to time, as many of us do, take advantage of the opportunity to view photos at these locations. Use the site above to plan your photography excursions around your travel plans and see what's going on. Go and see the show!

You can often gain access to new work closer to home. Buying photography books (instead of a new camera or lens), visiting local museums, and of course reading the abundance of websites related to photography should be a regular part of your artistic and self-improvement diet. One or all of these activities, when applied regularly, should lead to significant improvements in your work.

Look for criticism

Looking for and attracting "likes" will not improve your photography. Social media should work for you instead of working for social media (unless you are employed by Instagram). Real improvement takes place when you create and share your image and then receive a good criticism of your work. What is a good criticism? The purpose of criticism in the art world in its simplest form is about two things that 1) describe the work, and 2) make statements about whether or not the image works, and especially: ' why ' .

Criticism is not really about whether someone likes an image or not. A good criticism goes beyond the obvious and subjective statements about an image in favor of a discussion about what a photo is that works. When viewing art becomes an objective process, we all benefit and can discuss the piece with the help of a more advanced vocabulary. This is the purpose of criticism, and the process is not only extremely beneficial to the artist, but I would also argue that criticism is essential to the growth of a photographer.

Avoid asking your friends and family about your work, because they will probably love almost everything you do. Look for the right criticism from experienced and successful colleagues or professional photographers if you have access to a number. Meetup groups or local photography clubs are an excellent source for periodic critical excursions where the participants strive for constructive criticism and good criticism of each other's work.

Cross train for big profit

There are many interesting genres in the field of photography, such as aerial photos, events, food, macros, portraits, sports, wildlife and much more. You may be lucky enough to be able to say at this point in your artistic existence: "I photograph weddings and portraits, but I don't make macros." Maybe you still learn what you like and don't like. I would strongly suggest doing a Project 365 and shooting every day to learn what you like, don't like and what you are good at. This helps you refine your genre, which is the first step in developing your own style.

Somewhere on your personal journey as an artist and photographer you have to experiment. Each genre within photography has its own lessons and techniques that can benefit your work in the area of ​​your preference. In addition, shooting across multiple genres, artistic cross-training so to speak, will get you out of your comfort zone. You get the opportunity to learn new lenses, processes and techniques. The benefits and lessons learned will benefit your work in your preferred genre. If you prefer to make portraits of people, you can photograph landscapes for a while or vice versa. Try photographing sports, nature or trick photography techniques.

If you really want to mix things up, shooting a movie and even developing it at home is perhaps the best photography lesson you can do. Composing, developing, processing and scanning images from the film will teach you everything about the process of creating images. Moreover, it is super fun!

Shoot, process and repeat

I am reminded of the old saying: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?"

Practice, practice, practice!

It goes without saying that you have to improve everything in order to improve something. Do you take pictures every day? Do you wear a camera? Maybe you should do that. When you start a Project 365, you wear a camera every day. This offers many options for creating images of all types. Photograph with your smartphone if you want, but shoot often and learn how to edit relentlessly. Become your own best or worst critic.

Learn mail processing. Even if you are generally opposed to post-processing images, the techniques that you can now use are far beyond those of the dark days. Post-processing is a great way to make your image resonate and helps you develop images that fit your unique artistic vision.

When you think about creating images, you have a feeling in your mind's eye of the finished image. Camera, film and equipment can bring us closer to the final image that fits with our artistic vision, but post-processing may be needed to get you there. There are many applications available to us today, although Lightroom and Photoshop are some of the best for this type of activity.

Conclusion

In summary, you now have five steps to take better photos. Each of these five strategies will lead to significant improvements in your photography. If you choose one, two or all of these strategies and work on them regularly, your images will improve. However, this will take some time. Start small and work on it regularly. You can only get better over time.

The light is always right.

The post Five Steps to Making Better Pictures first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Jeremy H. Greenberg.

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