The first-ever photograph was created in either 1826 or 1827. Until relatively recently, photographs were special learn improving photography skills. People couldn’t just take photos on their phones and upload them for the world to see!
Now, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who’s never taken a photo. But how many of those photos are good photos?
We’re here to talk about how to improve your photography skills so you can take photos that impress all of your followers. Read on to learn more.
Consider Limiting Yourself
This might sound wrong, but take our word for it. Limiting yourself will make a huge difference when it comes to how quickly your skills progress.
It’s easier than ever to take hundreds of photos at a time. You never have to stop and think about what you’re doing because you have a high-quality digital camera on your phone and “real” cameras can hold plenty of photos. If you mess something up, you simply try again.
While this is helpful, it can stop you from preventing helpful habits when you’re first getting started. You won’t be as careful about your lighting and composition because you can always try again.
We recommend either self-imposing a limit on your digital cameras or trying out the film. You can also try other fun limitations, like shooting in black and white or only using a prime lens.
This will be a frustrating process, but you’ll start building your skills.
Don’t Over-Rely on Editing Tools Right Away
This is another tough one for many new photographers. With the abundance of editing tools, why wouldn’t you want to use them all right away to improve your work?
Even the best photography apps won’t fix bad photos, but they will help you avoid learning how to fix things in-camera. You don’t want that.
There’s nothing wrong with using editing tools when you’re learning, but try to keep them minimal unless you’re working on an artsier project. For example, don’t use a background remover to correct your cropping mistakes; use it when you’re being creative.
You can technically fix everything from lighting to cropping with editing apps, but wouldn’t it be better if you could do it on your own and use editing tools for enhancement?
Focus on the Basics
When you’re first starting out, focus on the basics of good photography. Beginners should understand the basics of lighting and cropping. All types of photography revolve around good use of light.
Take your time and learn about how to effectively crop a photo before hitting the shutter button. Play with your camera settings (that’s right, turn off manual mode) and learn what they do to the light and contrast in your photos.
Once you understand the basics, you can start applying them (and then start breaking rules). Even if you fancy yourself an artist, or even if you’re only doing product photography for your business, you need to understand the key factors that go into good photography.
Hone Your Photography Skills This Year
Why not spend this summer honing your photography skills? Take your phone (or camera) out into the world and start taking photos that you’re proud of. Remember: start with the basics and don’t be afraid to give yourself challenging limitations!
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