The effort you put into your photography directly affects the quality of your photos. It is a rule of life. Sometimes people are lucky, but most of the time, the result of little effort is little reward. Gary Player, a world class golfer, always said that the harder he practiced the luckier he got.
Our brains are amazing, and when we repeat something, it creates pathways to the brain. We develop something called muscle memory. This is really important in sports and physical activity and, to a degree, it affects your skill acquisition with photography. You don’t have to think as much; everything comes more naturally.
As you learn digital photography and acquire skills and techniques, they need to be regularly practiced in order for them to become entrenched in your mind. They should become second nature to you. A pianist has to practice her scales, even though they are tedious and monotonous. There is a good reason for this. When it becomes second nature, it allows your brain to concentrate on the intricacies of the performance. The same goes for photography. The creative photographer doesn’t concentrate on getting the techniques right but rather on the creative side of image taking.
Get out of your home and into the outdoors. You’ll have more subjects and there is more variety to the images you can create. There is just something about the outdoors that makes you feel good. Set yourself a goal as to what you want to achieve and then work toward it. You’ll get good exercise and great images.
2- SHOOT ONE SUBJECT IN 50 DIFFERENT WAYS:
This may seem difficult, but once you start it gets easier. Find something that you like or that appeals to you, then attempt to take fifty photos of it from different angles and in different ways. This really pushes you to the limits but what it gets you thinking outside the box and trying news things. I can promise you that you will come up with some great images.
3- TAKE THE ALPHABET CHALLENGE:
You can do this anywhere–indoors or outdoors. What you must do with this little challenge is take the alphabet or a series of letters in the alphabet and shoot objects that either begin with the letter or look like the letter. This task gets you thinking and, of course, practicing your photography.
The object of these little exercises is to give you ideas so that you’ll take more photos. One of the biggest hindrances for new photographers is deciding what to shoot. If you are not taking photos, you aren’t practicing. And practice makes perfect.
I teach photography for a living and my mantra is “practice, practice, practice and when you have finished practicing, practice more.” It’s the concert pianist, the top golfer, and the talented artist who practice the most that become the most proficient at what they are doing. Happy shooting!
About the Author:
Wayne Turner has been teaching photography for 25 years and has written three books on photography. He has produced 21 Steps to Perfect Photos; a program of learner-based training using outcomes based education.
Thanks to Wayne Turner for the great insight on how to become a great photographer. I think his ideas are really good. And thanks to Picture Correct for sharing this article.
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Sometimes when we take pictures, we get into the habit to just look through the viewfinder, aim, and push the button, and hope the camera did a good job. That is all good and dandy, unless you wan…
Sometimes when we take pictures, we get into the habit to just look through the viewfinder, aim, and push the button, and hope the camera did a good job. That is all good and dandy, unless you want something spectacular. What does a real good photographer think about or do before they push that button? I think they are hoping that every time they push that button, that this one picture is going to be the one that will make them famous, or be one that will be a sellable photo.
Are you an aspiring pro photographer? Have you ever wondered how to shoot like a pro? Don’t worry; you are in the right place.
Anyone today can qualify as a photographer, provided they have a smartphone or any other device with a good camera. However, it takes more than owning a camera to become a real photographer. There are a lot of factors that come into play for a person to be transformed from a hobbyist photographer to a successful photographer (getting the right equipment, training/education, etc.).
This article will not focus on the practical aspect of becoming a successful photographer. Instead, we will attempt to get into the heads of successful photographers and try to find out how they think.
If you are interested in discovering what goes through the minds of successful photographers before they press the shutter, you are in the right place. Below are ten thought processes that have been proven to be the essence of successful professional photography.
1- HAVE NO FEAR:
This is undoubtedly one of the most common thought processes that goes through the minds of all successful photographers before a professional shoot. Unlike novice photographers, successful professional photographers are fearless when it comes to executing their duties. For instance, instead of worrying about a big job at hand, seasoned photographers get rid of the fear and embrace the opportunity as a chance to showcase their prowess. It is important to note that even the best photographers in the world are afraid of some jobs; however, they have programmed their minds to tone down the fear to levels where it doesn’t interfere with their work.
2- KEEP AN OPEN MIND:
Successful photographers go into photo shoots with an open mind. This is simply because they understand that photography is a very dynamic field that can’t be approached with a closed mind. Successful photographers are open to trying things that are out of the norm. They may follow basic principles of photography during every professional shoot; however, they are willing to go where their subject goes, take random shots, try different settings that were not planned, etc. This open nature is one of the main reasons why they get ahead faster.
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