One of the most common questions that new and amateur photographers often ask is “How to improve their photography skills?” Countless articles and books have been written on this topic, an in fact there’s so much info or advice on this topic that a new photographer might get lost in it.
Today, Sam Crawford is sharing 5 simple and most crucial tips that will help you to sharpen your photography skills.
Tip #1 – Know Your Camera – Your Only Weapon To Grab Pictures
This one is the easiest to handle. However, Sam has often seen many novice photographers struggling in this area and they have low understanding of their camera. You need to figure out what each setting in your camera means, how it affects your image, and how to use the different options of the camera. You must know the major camera settings thoroughly, how to set/change them, and what impact those settings will have on the final picture.
Tip # 2 – Follow The Rules – Learn Them Thoroughly
While reading those numerous tips and articles on the web, you may have read words like “Break the Rules!” so often that it has become a cliché. Don’t even think about breaking the rules of photography as they are guidelines for a reason – they mostly work and help you to capture some amazing images. If you really wish to ‘break’ anything, then you need to break the chains that are binding your creativity. You are allowed to be as creative as possible, but you must follow the basic rules of photography to achieve success.
Tip #3 – Study The Pictures To Find How They Work
While browsing through pictures on the web, in books, or magazines, take a couple of minutes to concentrate and study the images that get your attention and consider:
What was the thing that you saw initially and it caught your attention?
Was there an activity, colour, or story that looked convincing?
How your eyes travel through the picture?
When do you lose interest in image?
What colours and contrast looked interesting?
Is there a story being told in the photo?
Tip #4 – Capture Lots Of Photographs – Even More Than What You Need
There is an old proverb that you may have heard before. “Write every day” – It’s about how to become a good writer. The same trick goes with photography, the more you practice your skills improve remarkably. Capture images and delete the unwanted ones later, but don’t forget to click as many images as possible.
Tip #5 – Travel More
By travelling often, you can find many new things that nature and urban life has to offer. Sam Crawford says that one of the greatest ways to find inspiration is by getting away from your home environment. You can go to a few photogenic destinations around the world, or simply drive to a different part of your town. It’s all about visiting new places to give your mind new ideas, so you can capture some beautiful pictures.