One of the joys of modern life is being able to capture moments at ease, and carry them around with us in our pockets. Or as we like to call them: photographs. We no longer have to wait for films to be developed and collected in order to see how our photos have turned out. We can literally look at them instantly afterwards, review them, and see what needs to be improved – the beauty of modern technology! However, what if every time that you take a picture, you find that it doesn’t turn out quite how you wanted? Or if they’re always average, how can you make them better? Well wonder no longer. Here are some top tips on how you can improve your photography skills.
Research and Know Your Equipment
First things first, you need to research and know your equipment, whatever it is that you’re using. That might sound silly, but how can you possibly do things to the best of their ability if you’re not altogether sure how something works? For example if you wanted to know how to sell your house fast
, you’d immediately research the best methods and quick sale companies available to you, wouldn’t you? And why should improving your photography be any different?
Whether it’s a camera
or smartphone you’re using, it’ll almost certainly have come with instructions – and you should have kept them. Don’t worry if you haven’t though, if you type the model and make into your preferred search engine, then you’ll find an abundance of instructions and tips on how to best use the camera function, or the special settings on said device. After all, if you don’t know how to best use the device in question, how are you possibly going to end up with the best photographs?
Look at Good Photography
Think of your favourite writer, or at least of the writer of the last good book you read. How do you think that they improved their writing skills in the early stages before they mastered their best selling novel? They’ll have read hundreds of novels before that, and picked up skills along the way. In order to improve your skills in photography, then the thing to do is to study some really good photographs.
You don’t even have to spend any money to do this if you don’t want to. As long as you have internet access, there are an abundance of free photography websites
at your disposal where you can look at other people’s work and allow it to inspire you. That’s not to say copy exactly what they do, but take notes about what they do well. You could even physically keep a note of what you like about these particular photographs and build up your own sort of advice book to reference back to next time you’re taking pictures. Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day – it takes time, research and practice to get better!
Practice Whenever You Can
And on that note, remember to practice whenever you can, wherever you can! Try taking pictures of different things, from your pets, friends and family to landscapes and nature. The more you take pictures, the better you’ll get, and the more you’ll learn about what sort of lighting, angles, and settings work for which particular things.
You don’t even have to go anywhere with the sole intention of taking pictures – just make sure that you always have your device with you. Even on your daily commute to work, or your half hour lunch break, you never know what beauty you might come across that deserves to be photographed – so always be prepared to take a snap!
Try Different Times of Day
One natural thing to play with, is which time of the day you’re taking photographs. Different weather and times of day give off different lighting, which ultimately gives off a different vibe and a different mood. Try all kinds of weather and times, bright mornings, rainy afternoons and dark nights too. You just might find your favourite time to shoot by doing this!
Show People Your Work
Finally, what good is taking these beautiful images and showing them to no one? Let people see your work! It’s nerve wracking to show people something you’re working on and care so much about, but it’s worth it to get the feedback in the end. It can help you to improve, or even give you the confidence boost you might need. Have faith in your work – as long as it’s evolving, it’s improving.