For al on time I have wanted to improve my photography skills and last year I was fortunate enough to bump into my old college roomie Radha Singh in NJ who is a professional photographer. I asked him to give me some tips and tricks to help me improve and he duly obliged. Thanks to my friend, for the last year I have been constantly improving as a photographer, so much so that just last month I landed my first gig at a wedding to take pictures of the happy couple. If you would like to improve your photography skills, here are some tips which I want to share with you so that you can do what I did and get better and taking those shots that you’ve always wanted.
Carry the Camera
I used to only take my camera out when I knew that I was going to be taking photos of something but my buddy told me that instead, I should carry it with me wherever I go. Once I started to do this I found that I was on high alert at all times and waiting for inspiration to find me, rather than me finding it. You ever know when you are going to see something beautiful or stumble upon a great chance for a photo and having your camera with you means that you will be more than ready to take that shot.
Focus on Colors
Another great tip which I was given was to spend a period of time focussing solely on one color and only taking shots which heavily featured my chosen color. This exercise really helped me to understand the full palette of a particular color as well as helping me to learn the best settings on my camera to use in order to get the most out of that color. Now when I find shots which are dominant in a particular color, I know exactly what to do with my camera so that I can make the most of the shot.
Commit to a Setting
If you are trying to take action shots, natural landscape photos and trying to get great shots of people then you are going to end up becoming a jack of all trades and a master of none. To help you best improve you should be focussing and dedicating yourself to one type of photography and committing yourself to it until you get it right. Even some of the world’s best landscape photographers are no good when it comes to taking action shots and if you want to genuinely improve then you should really be spending your time on just one type of setting. This is not to say that you cannot take other shots when you see them but in the main you should be looking to perfect one particular skill within the shots that you take.