DIY guide to improving your photography, part 3

Nowadays just about everyone owns and uses a digital camera. So in essence (almost) everybody is a photographer. However, some of us consistently take better pictures than others. This is not necessarily because some are more talented than others, but simply because some folks have acquired more knowledge and better skills. For those who want to improve their photography, I have put together a list of 12 tips that have made a positive impact on my development as a photographer. 

I previously posted part 1 and part 2 of my DIY guide to improving your photography. This is part 3 of that guide. It contains tips #9 to #12. 

9. Be an active member of the community. This is a recommendation of Trey Ratcliff of with which I wholeheartedly agree (even though Trey is not very active anymore on Flickr). On Flickr you’ll interact with other  photographers. By comparing your work to the work of other photographers on Flickr, you’ll get a good idea of just where you are in your development as a photographer. Being exposed to so much great and diverse photography, will play an important role in the development of your own unique and personal photography style.

10. Shoot and process pictures on a regular basis. Photography is something you do. The only way to perfect your skills is to actually shoot pictures and process them on a regular basis.

11. Immerse yourself in photography culture. This might sound strange, but simply put: read photography magazines, visit popular photography websites, read popular photography blogs, follow photography news, keep track of photography rumors (i.e. gear rumors), read gear reviews, follow the career’s and work of photographers you admire etcetera. It comes down to this: when photography is an important part of your life, you cannot help but grow as a photographer.

12. Have fun learning photography. Not all aspects of learning are fun, but if you are not having enough fun learning photography, chances are you will give up. Because of this, you should try to have as much fun as reasonably possible. So for example, if you don’t like a particular instructional photography book you are reading, try getting another one by a different author; you might like it better and as a consequence actually get through the whole book.

Let me know what you think of this guide. If you have any other valuable tip that I have not mentioned, please leave a comment.

DIY guide to improving your photography, part 1.
DIY guide to improving your photography, part 2.

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  2. There is Digital Photography For Dummies . Anything by Bryan Peterson., aghlouth his books don’t tell you much about cameras in general, they do teach you about the craft of creating an image.Your camera manual.Scott Kelby’s books on digital photography are written mostly for dSLR’s, but could apply to any camera user.The principles of photography apply to whatever type of camera you are using. Good composition and exposure are the same for a $ 30000 Hasselblad and a $ 200 Sony P S. By learning more about your camera and the craft of photography, you will improve your images.

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