Many photographers use Instagram nowadays to showcase their work. But if you need some inspiration and boost to your photographic skills, Instagram can be a good place to get it. Joe Allam shares a couple of tips for making the most of Instagram to get inspired and improve your photography.
Even if you are satisfied with your photos and make great ones – there’s always room for improvement. But sometimes, you can feel like you’re running in circles. If you feel you’re stuck in a rut with your work, you should watch this great video from Peter McKinnon. It could change your point of view, make you go on with your work, and what’s more – become better at it.
Peter mentions three main issues that may be blocking you from becoming better photographers. Do you think these prevent you from improving as well?
One of my goals as a photographer is to always improve. Regardless of how well others may think my work is I am always trying to learn and grow as a creative.
There are several things you can do to fine tune and/or continue to grow. You can take a workshop, read a blog, or watch videos of how others do it. However, for me, nothing replaces actually getting out the gear and shooting something. Anything. I love reading blogs and YouTube videos as much as the next but I (like many) learn best by doing. I’ve found that for me personally one of the best ways to spin up the creative juice is to shoot outside my norm. These exercises more often than not give me a different perspective on composition, light, or camera control that I either did not pay attention to previously or never needed to use shooting fashion and beauty.
Do you compare photos with others and wonder how come they are better than yours? You should learn from your mistakes and use them to improve your photography. Peter McKinnon points out to the most common mistakes, and gives you fives you five short, but important tips for making a progress. And each of them takes only a few seconds of extra thinking or preparation.
Your sad, old camera will start to treat you better if you learn to take care of it.Every time I go to my nephews’ soccer games and see all the parents with their cameras on “green mode”, or attend a sporting event and see spectators using their flash from a quarter mile away, it makes me grit my teeth. It’s all I can do to stop from walking up to them and fixing their camera for them.
This morning, I got to thinking. If it is painful for ME to see these cameras being mistreated, imagine how the camera feels! Canons have feelings too, ya know? (Nikons happen to have more, but let’s not get into that).
The readers of this site tend to be a bit more knowledgeable about photography than your average shutter snapper, so I wrote this one with the more advanced photographer in mind.[Read More…]