How to Be a Better Photographer


The first-ever photo was taken in the mid-1800s. Since then, photography has changed a lot! Anyone can take a photo with the click of a button on a phone!

Are you trying to become a better photographer, but you're not sure where to start? We're here to help. Read on to learn a few ways that you can improve your photography skills.

Limit Yourself

This is going to be a difficult pill to swallow for many photographers who are trying to improve. Adding self-imposed limitations to your photography will make you a better photographer, even if it's frustrating at first.

In a world where everyone has a high-quality camera on their phone or a digital camera that can hold hundreds of photos, it's easy to just keep trying until a photo is "perfect." This can, unfortunately, cause photographers to form bad habits.

There are two primary ways that you can limit yourself while you practice.

First: resist the urge to over-edit. This isn't to say that you shouldn't have editing tools for when you're not trying to limit yourself (it's always good to have editing programs to remove background images, add filters, and adjust lighting), but try to get your photos as close to perfect as possible without editing.

We also recommend learning how to photograph with film. Film cameras are naturally self-limiting because you only have so many shots to work with. You have to get the perfect crop and lighting for each shot.

Remember: this is only for practice, not your pro photos. When you're working with clients, you don't have to abide by these limitations, but they will help you be more mindful of your photography in the future.

Learn How to Use Light

Photography is all about light. Too many new photographers rely on artificial light for their photos, and while there's nothing wrong with that, it might be making your photos worse.

Try shooting during golden hour for soft and dreamy portraits. This is the hour right before sunset. Avoid backlit photos unless you're aiming for a silhouette look.

Try experimenting with unique lighting, even if it's dim. This will force you to work in manual mode on your camera (which is another great way to self-limit).

Try incorporating colorful lights for unique and interesting photos.

Be Willing to Move Around

If you're only ever taking photos of your subjects from eye level, you're making a mistake. Yes, this is often the best choice for portraits, but try moving into different positions to create a unique point-of-view.

Be willing to lay on the ground to shoot a perfect photo, or find a way to get up high above the subject.

This will add more dimension to your photos and help you get more unique results.

You Can Be a Better Photographer

Remember: photography is an art form. Being a better photographer is subjective, but these photography tips will help you adjust your perspective and get more creative with your photography.

It's time to grab your camera and shoot some new photos!

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