You don’t need the latest equipment or fancy qualifications to be a good photographer. But it does take hard work and perseverance. There’s loads of simple, non-technical stuff you can do to improve your photography. A lot of this stuff, I learned the hard way. So here are some tips that will help you take better photographs.
Take your camera everywhere: You never know what’s around the corner. There’s always, always, some bloke in a poncho in front of a cool facade carrying a massive drum, and he’s just waiting to be photographed. Make sure your phone or camera is within easy reach.
Take pictures every day: Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes. It’s true. The more pictures you take, the better they’ll become. Don’t worry about what you’re using to take the pictures, either. You can make good pictures with any camera.
Study other pictures: Look at pictures you like and ask yourself what you like about those pictures. Ask yourself what’s interesting and why. Also ask what could be better. Try something similar yourself. Take an old idea and make it new, different, your own. Make it better than the original.
Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different
― T.S. Eliot
Slow down and look: Taking absolutely loads of pictures is great. And if you’ve shot hundreds of pictures, chances are, there’ll be a good one among them. But what if you looked around, really looked at your surroundings. Visualise how you want your picture to look and do what you need to do to achieve that look. It might mean moving position, waiting for the light to change, hanging around for half hour or more, but it could be the difference between a good photo and a great one.
Study your images: Be your own worst critic. Question everything. Look at your pictures and ask yourself what you like and what you don’t. Be honest. Then ask yourself how you could improve them. If you were to take it again, what would make it better? Take it again. Make it better. And when something works, congratulate yourself too.
As usual, I’d love to get your thoughts. Is this helpful? Do you have any golden tips of your own you’d like to share?