If you have been shooting for a while, whether as a professional photographer or a hobbyist, how do you improve? This is one of the questions I am often asked when a photographer writes to me. With the last two articles, I covered commercial and personal photoshoot productions. For this one I want to turn things inward a little, and talk about how to improve ourselves and better our photography.
So, without further ado, here are my 14 steps to improve your photography!
1. Never Be Satisfied
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To start off, I want to focus a little on humility. If you want to get better, you must know that there is room for you to improve and open yourself to criticisms.
If you are already satisfied with yourself, then you lack the hunger that will push you to get better.
Self-assess your weaknesses and keep a list of things you want to improve. Work on them all the time.
2. Build a Feedback Group
Build a trusted circle of friends with good eyes and tastes. Get their opinions and discuss your work on a regular basis.
You can pose specific questions such as, “How can I improve this composition?” or “Which one do you prefer between crop A and crop B, why?” Or you can ask broader questions about your body of work such as, “What do you think is missing from my work?” or “What do you think will make my pictures better?”
Jot down the feedback and distill them into key points. There will be hits and misses of course, because people are different from one another. But these fresh perspectives will help you see things anew, and cover any points you may have missed out on from your personal assessments.