The day we stop improving is the day we fail – as my personal motto goes. As photographers, we should always be learning. However, it is rather easy to get stuck when trying to improve your photography.
Between a mixture of personal expression and technical proficiency, photography can be a rather hard subject to critique. However, there are always things you can do to improve your photography.
Here is our list of six things you can start doing today to improve your photography.
Look at Other Photographers for Inspiration
This can be rather controversial. Some photographers misunderstand the advice and create blatant copies of the work they look at.
However, I still believe that observing the work of other photographers and artists is extremely important if you do it right. Even art students are often instructed to mimic or observe a specific artist’s work.
Learning from the masters is crucial in developing your skills, your style, and increasing your artistic sensitivity. As a photographer, you aren’t just limited to admiring the work of other photographers.
Due to the nature of our work, understanding composition, perspective, lighting, and concept are all fundamental facets of producing beautiful work.
You can learn all of this from going to museums and viewing historic artwork, art galleries and being privy to the work there, or even just a photographer show-and-tell and seeing what others in your field are doing.
You might get a new idea, begin to understand how certain things work together, and you might find new motivation to produce work you really like.
Sometimes, it’s even fun to try and figure out how a specific photograph was created, and in turn, learn a new technique.
My suggestion when looking at other photography work is to ask yourself the following key questions:
- What is it that I like about this?
- What is it that I dislike about this?
- Why did the artist make this choice?
- What makes this piece stand out?
All of this being said, being a copycat isn’t a good thing. There is a difference between being inspired and duplicating. Use your discretion and be careful not to “rip-off” another artist’s work. Instead, use what they did to create something unique of your own.