10 Tips to Improve Your Photography Skills

Are you looking to improve your photography skills? As a beginner you can start by doing a number of things to enhance your skills and even as a pro it’s always good to brush up on the basics. We rounded up just a few tips to get you started. From simply taking your camera everywhere with you to eventually knowing the rules well enough to break them.

  1. Take your camera everywhere: Having your camera with you lets you be prepared for any moment you come across. It also makes you more aware of your surroundings and you’ll slow down to see what’s around you. Capture any unique moments you may have otherwise missed because you didn’t have a camera.
  2. Use a tripod: The way you hold your camera will affect the outcome of your photo. Using a tripod will hold your camera steady for a sharper image and you’ll be able to slow down and think about what elements you want in the photo when you set up. Instead of fiddling with your camera and snapping away, instead, you’ll focus more, take less photos,
    but they’ll likely be better.
  3. Shoot every day: By shooting every day you are practicing and improving your skills so you can get better and better. Shoot as much as you can when you can. Even if all you have is your camera phone you can still get a great photo with that.
  4. Know your camera: Read your camera manual and learn what all the buttons do and what the symbols mean. Knowing all the ins and outs of your camera will definitely improve your photos. Learn about ISO, aperture, shutter speed, exposure, and much more.
  5. Study: Go check out a photography class or workshop led by a professional photographer for great hands on training. Read some photography books, go to a museum or simply study another photographer’s work. See if you can work from something you like about the photo to get you started and eventually develop your own style. After a while study your own photos! Find out what you like and dislike so you can learn from your mistakes and continue improving.
  6. Shoot RAW: By shooting in RAW mode you’ll have a bigger file because it hasn’t been compressed or lost any information. This means it will give you full control over editing capabilities in post production because of all the raw data in the photo. If you don’t have a RAW option, then shoot in the highest resolution jpeg option included in your camera.
  7. Know the rules and break them: After a while you’ll start to see the rules as guidelines and you’ll know how to break them and still capture great photos. Try experimenting with some photography techniques and see how great your final outcome turns out.
  8. Experiment: Stand out from everyone else by developing a new style of your own. Have fun with projects, themes, techniques, learning from your mistakes and see what you come up with. Soon your personality will shine through in your photos and everyone will automatically know who took that photo.
  9. Learn to shoot manual mode: Learning to shoot in manual mode opens up a whole new world of creativity because you have total control of your camera settings. You can also expand your photography skills by learning more about what each setting does and with that you can get even better photos. Yes, sometimes shooting in auto mode works great depending on your subject, but the camera is already set to keep it fast and simple for you in this mode. Try out manual mode and experiment with all the settings to see what you come up with.
  10. Patience: Practice mastering your camera, learning from your mistakes, waiting for the perfect moment to capture your photo, and many other things in photography require patience. In the end, you’ll have great knowledge of photography and some pretty amazing results.

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Kathy is the Marketing Coordinator at Photodex. She likes to be creative with photography and programs like Photoshop. What she thought was a hobby growing up became a career. She enjoys living in Austin, but also loves to adventure to new places.