13 Feasibilities to Improve Your Photography Skills
- Oct 24, 2019
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No matter how smart you are, you can't start as a super photographer. Only by constantly improving skills and making mistakes can we know what is right and what is wrong. Fortunately, it's as simple as how much time you spend and how fast you can become a great photographer. Although every road to becoming a real photographer is different, they all have similar ways of success. Hopefully the following will help and guide you on your journey to becoming a mature photographer.
1. Learning Instructions
So far, too many people have neglected to learn the instructions that come with cameras, lenses and flash lights. The instructions provide you with the necessary and important information to master the camera. Don't expect to be able to fully understand the instructions by reading them quickly. It takes a lot of effort to understand them. Even as a natural photographer with decades of experience, I'll look at the instructions for every new device I buy. I mean research. Every time I buy a new fuselage, I read a few chapters of instructions every day, take notes, and mark important information I don't understand with a yellow marker. In a week or so, I can finish reading this manual in my way. I even went to learn functions that I didn't think I would use, because it was important to have a thorough understanding of the camera and use it whenever needed. When you have studied it thoroughly, remember to bring the instructions with you so that you can review them from time to time.
2. Use of equipment
You must use your photographic equipment frequently, including cameras, lenses, tripods, panels, filters, flash lights, etc., so that you can relax when shooting. The more you use it, the more familiar you are with all the functions of the camera. Turn on and find the best way to operate from the menu, which will help you relax. When you use the camera, you must master the function of each button. If you don't know, check the instructions. Some people use cameras more easily than others. In general, for example, dentists do better than lawyers because dentists are the creators of reusing gadgets day after day. Lawyers are good at public speaking and writing. They don't use a lot of small tools at work. A successful nature photographer needs to master the skills of lens, filter, button, shutter press, and flash. These gadgets require precise debugging. It seems that people who often use gadgets or have related hobbies will take the lead in becoming photographers.
In one shoot, while I was shooting ducks, I unexpectedly found a mandarin duck courting. Photography always has unexpected gains.
3. Subscribe to magazines
Magazines on photography and natural history are very useful and need to be subscribed to. Since magazines are basically monthly or quarterly, they can keep up-to-date with the latest developments in photography. Natural photography technology has not changed much, but equipment updates are very rapid. The magazine will publish the latest information about cameras, lenses, tripods, printers and software. In addition to updating the equipment, magazines will also publish the location of excellent pictures, and possibly the interviews of the top photographers of this era. Everyone has a busy life. We don't have time to read all the attractive magazines. Learn to narrow down and choose the most useful.
Books and magazines about birds can help you find places to shoot unusual birds.
4. Join the Photo Club
Photo clubs are very popular with photographers. Discussing cameras, shooting techniques and attractive locations with club members can gain a lot of knowledge. Information is freely shared among club members, and some senior members will provide guidance plans for photography. The club has photo contests and photo reviews. Some clubs also organize competitions between clubs or teach photography seminars. Finding a photography club is easy. Local photography clubs often publish campaign information in local newspapers. The Internet is also a useful tool for finding clubs. Basically every club has its own website. Make sure that the club you're going to attend focuses on something that matches your interests. If your interest is mainly in color natural scenery photography, it doesn't match a club dedicated to black-and-white or stereo photography. Before deciding to join a club, listen to their lectures and learn about their preferences. The club is always recruiting new members, so they will be happy to have visitors and potential new members to attend the lecture.
Riding on a mount is the best way to go to remote mountainous areas. You can see or photograph very rare remote scenery.
5. Join Photography Teaching Program
Participation in photo seminars, studios and photographic tours is an effective way to improve photographic skills. Many people will be confused about the differences between seminars, studios and photo tours. Let me explain the differences. Seminars are usually held for only one day, but they can also last for two to three days. It is usually taught by a skilled photographer who has excellent speaking skills in front of hundreds of audiences. Submit teaching slides or digital programs for various topics. A good seminar can provide detailed notes. Because of the large number of participants, the average per capita fee will not be too high. Participation in seminars is very valuable, especially because they may save you a lot of money and time - it will waste a lot of time if you look for the most suitable work for shooting on your own. Because of the need to attract a large audience, seminars are economically viable. Generally speaking, these seminars are held in large cities. To find out what seminars are going to be held near you, check out the advertisements in your country's largest photo magazine. Although you won't take photos at the seminar, it's a very reasonable price and a good way to learn new photography techniques. Be sure to attend seminars that suit your interests. A Seminar on wedding photography would not be useful for natural photography. If your main interest is in mastering Photoshop, seminars that emphasize photography techniques in digital nature photography will not be critical. Conversely, if your main interest is how to get the best pictures on the spot, then the Photoshop seminar is not for you.
In Kenya's Samburu National Park, this group of African elephants drinking water forms a wonderful composition.
6. Join the Photo Studio
There are many kinds of photography studios. They can take pictures of wild flowers in the park on a day, or they can take pictures of autumn colors in the forest for a week. Outdoor photography studios usually shoot in the morning and evening when the weather and light are good. Experienced photographers will guide students and help them get the best pictures possible. Studio enrollment is limited by quota. Generally, each tutor is responsible for only 8 to 12 students. Don't join photography teams with more than 15 people. Since there are fewer participants than the seminar, each person will pay more expensive tuition fees. During studio activities, good tutors hardly take pictures themselves. They spend time helping students take the best pictures. When the weather is not suitable for outside shooting, there will be teaching projects and commentary pictures. Excellent studio leaders will carefully select the shooting location, find the best shooting opportunities, and provide students with as many shooting opportunities as possible. Outdoor photography studios usually use two ways of mixed teaching, one is classroom learning (teaching project and photo description), the other is to take outdoor photographs under the close supervision of tutors. A well-functioning photography studio is an excellent way to help improve photography skills to new heights! Be sure to consider joining a photography studio. It will not only improve your photography skills, but also make lifelong friends.
One cold morning, the frost blew down a dead American black pine. We used the shutter line to start the shutter and captured the decisive moment.
7. Participate in Photo Tour Group
Photo tours are usually led by an experienced professional photographer to shoot far away from home, and you may even take part in a fantastic photographic trip to the Kenya Wildlife Park or Antarctica. The cost of shooting in remote places is very high. Photo tours will reduce the time spent in class, which will help the team to have the most time to shoot special events in remote places. There will be shooting instructions at the scene. If you have a problem, the team leader will help solve it and give you the best location to shoot. But because of the rare opportunity, most of the team leaders will take their own pictures while instructing the team members to take pictures. Photography teams are better suited to people who already have good skills. They just look for like-minded friends, and the leader knows where to take the best pictures. A well-planned photographic tour group allows you to take beautiful pictures that you will never be able to get back in your life - whether wildlife or scenery pictures. Because every member of the team is interested in photography, it is relatively easy to operate a tourism team that provides photographers with unique needs. Bird photographers, for example, must take a long time and have close contact with the subject before they can take a good picture. Generally, it is doomed to fail to shoot birds in birdwatching tours. Most avian enthusiasts want to see as many birds as possible, so they use telescopes to observe them in the distance. Once a new bird is observed, they rarely spend time with the bird, preferring to check the bird manual and hope to continue looking for more species. This strategy of using telescopes to observe birds at a distance and quickly changing locations is not a good way for bird photographers to behave. Because photographic travel teams are like-minded people, this kind of contradiction will be solved. Photo studios and Photo Tours often advertise in photographic magazines. Many companies specialize in such photography-related projects. Again, the Internet is a good way to find this information. For example, searching for "Kenya" and "Photo Tourism" on the Internet will surely produce a lot of results.
Participating in a South Florida natural photography group for birds will give you the opportunity to take close-up photographs of many unusual species, such as this double-crowned cormorant.
8. Reading Natural Photography Books
There are hundreds of books on photography. Find books that are closest to your interests by titles. There are many natural photography books like this: landscape photography, close-up natural photography, wildlife photography and so on. If you like to use software to make your natural photographs, look for books on late digital darkrooms. Buying books on software should be carefully selected, because software updates quickly, and such books are easily obsolete.
9. Collect exquisite photo albums
Reading beautiful pictures taken by other photographers will help you a lot. Good pictures will inspire you to shoot and give you unexpected suggestions and ideas. Maybe you never thought that frost morning would be a wonderful shooting opportunity. If you buy a book that shows some fantastic pictures, such as frost-covered golden nest, red berries, or weathered oak leaves, you will find that frost brings amazing opportunities to shoot, and you will also look for such opportunities. Don't worry about copying other people's ideas. Very few ideas are unique, and even in the same weather conditions, you will never find exactly the same photos. Specializing in a subject such as frost, winter icicles, or summer dew, you can take amazing pictures of yourself and help shape your shooting style. If you have a favorite theme, collect beautiful atlases about it. Even if the pictures inside are not good, they will encourage you to go to these beautiful places to take your own beautiful pictures. Search some large photo websites or the largest bookstore in your area for beautiful albums with your favorite themes. Maybe you have some favorite photographers, so go and collect books that publish all their pictures.
These mature blueberries with dewdrops are very beautiful. You can get all kinds of colors, such as purple, pink and blue.
10. Use the Internet
The informative Internet will help you become a great photographer. Each equipment manufacturer has its own website, which is a great source of detailed information from which you can get detailed information about the equipment you already have or want to buy. Ask questions on most websites to get the exact answer. Where to take photos, how to go, where to live, when to go, the Internet is full of such information. Many websites specialize in helping you learn photography. Some services are paid, but most of them are free and provide a lot of information. Browsing and participating in photo forums is also a way to solve the problem. Attention should be paid to following the notice on how to ask and answer questions in the forum, so as to ensure the carefulness and clarity of the questions you post. You may also answer other people's questions, but make sure you really know the right answer. It's easy to get answers by using forums, and I often use them myself. Be modest and courteous in the forum.
Low angle shooting, used to separate American black pine from blue sky.