Now that most people are carrying around a camera in their pockets at all times, everyone likes to think of themselves as a photographer. But there is a lot more to it than simply pointing and shooting to take great pictures. Photography is an artform that takes a great deal of time to master.
There are plenty of photography workshops that teach you techniques in more depth, but here we are just going to focus on a few things that can make you a better photographer today. Say cheese!
Shoot at Golden Hour
Even if you know next to nothing about photography, you will already be aware that it is all about light. Shooting at the right time of day will add an ethereal glow to your pictures, particularly if you choose the ‘golden hour’ which refers to the hour before sunset or the one after sunrise. You will be amazed by just how much your pictures improve when you choose these times to shoot. You will be glad you got up early!
Use a Traditional Film Camera
Even though it seems counter-intuitive when you have an iPhone, many people find that they become better photographers when they switch back to traditional film cameras. This is simply because they are much more restricted and have to take the time to choose their subjects carefully. So, why not try out this simple technique which will reinforce the value of quality over quantity.
Study the Work of Other Photographers
Of course, you want to take the time to develop your own style, but you should also study what other photographers are doing as they may well provide you with some inspiration. Try to study as widely as possible, including people whose pictures may not fit in with your style. There are always things to learn from those who do things differently to you, so take the time to study how others interpret the art of photography.
Move Positions as You Shoot
Rather than just photographing everything at eye-level, you should instead move positions to take in a number of different angles. Experimentation is the key to understanding what makes a great photograph, so get on a stool or lie down on the ground to see what this does to your shots.
Experiment with New Techniques
We have already talked about studying people who use different photography techniques to your own, but you can also experiment with new methods yourself. For example, you may blur out the background or foreground to make a particular object the focal point. You don’t have to take a great picture each and every time, but you will learn and grow as a photographer through the mistakes that you make.
These are just five simple and actionable techniques that you can put into practice today to become a better photographer, so why not try them out to see what a difference they could make to your pictures?