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Photography often starts as a hobby, a way to mark occasions, places visited and as an escape. However, it can quickly turn into a passion which can leave those with a permanent drive to improve their photography skills. It can even learn to a brand new career. Often, however, photographers are their own constant critics; you may feel photos that were once acceptable could have been better, and the more you take the more you strive for perfection.
So what can you do to improve your skills? Even seasoned photographers and those making money from it will always strive to improve and will help others learn too, so let’s take a look at some tips on how to improve your skills, and get better results.
Learn About Your Camera
We know it may seem boring but do read the manual that came with your camera; it will unravel a lot of your issues. Don’t be scared to experiment and practice different shutter settings and features. Understanding your camera features and limits takes time, but it is certainly worth it. Learn how to adjust and access the features so you are always ready when the split-second perfect photo opportunity appears.
Look and Learn
Spend time looking at the work of other professionals on photo sharing sites such as ClickASnap and see what is trending. Don’t just look at images around your interest, view as much as you can and see if you like it for the same reasons that critics do. See if you can see what makes an image good or poor and how you would have approached the same study.
Learning what works and doesn’t will always have an element of personal opinion, which is certainly not wrong, but there is no mistaking that some rules guarantee a better image than others, so find them and remember them.
Practice and More Practice
You will only improve if you stick at it! Understanding the relationship between camera settings and the resulting images takes practice. If you take enough photos you may hit on one that is amazing, but the more you practice the more chance you stand of capturing the time-critical moments perfectly.
Digital cameras make practice free and instant. You can take as many photos as you like, delete as many as you like and all at the touch of a button.
Tell A Story
Use connection between a subject and its environment. The stronger the message the higher chance of the perfect image that offers more gravity than a snapshot. Complementing or challenging the subject in their environment can produce better results.
Share It and Show It Off
You may feel you are not worthy of photo-sharing sites just yet, but you shouldn’t be afraid. They are the best place to get honest feedback, learn skills and tips to improve and see work by a range of professional and amateur photographers to teach you, inspire you and learn from.
If you receive constructive criticism, don’t see it as negative even if someone does say something is wrong. Take a closer look, decide if you agree, learn from it and get right back and have another go. Joining a photography sharing site not only gives you useful unlimited free storage (depending on the site you use) it provides an opportunity to share photos with a wide community of other photographers, both professionals and amateurs alike, so you can be sure that you’re getting a broad range of opinion.
You can learn, improve and share your love of photography and see some amazing work to inspire or teach you. Your work may just appeal to someone and when someone views your image you could go on to make a little extra cash too.
Hopefully you now have some ideas as to how to improve your photography, so you can get the best out of your equipment and maybe impress a few people with your improved skills.