Taking high-quality photographs requires a great deal of practice—that goes without saying. But what sorts of “exercises” do you need to do with your camera? How can you improve your photography skills more efficiently?
A few simple techniques can start you on the right foot. Pick up your camera and get to shooting!
Get To Know Your Camera
Your camera has features and settings you’ve probably never used. Even if you don’t plan to use some of the fancy settings in your standard work, it’s crucial to know where they are and how to use them. Read the user manual thoroughly.
Familiarize yourself with the model of your camera and use equipment that will enhance it. For a Nikon camera, look at a compatible Samyang Nikon F mount lens. Sony, Canon, and Fuji each have their own unique lenses as well, so make sure you’re shopping with your unique equipment in mind.
Stabilize Your Shots
While many modern cameras utilize in-camera image stabilization to banish blur, avoid relying on that technology all the time. Keep a sturdy tripod with your camera equipment and practice using it.
Image stabilization technology occasionally does more harm than good and is best reserved for shoots with extraordinarily little natural light. In the meantime, learn how to keep your camera steady the old-fashioned way. Resist the temptation to let the machines do the work for you—challenging yourself is the most straightforward way to improve.
Look for Visual Guides
When framing your shots, look for creative composition opportunities. Instead of placing your subject directly in the middle of the frame, use the rule of thirds to divide the image both horizontally and vertically. Your viewfinder has a grid composed of nine squares—use it!
Keep the horizon in the top third of your image instead of directly across the center. Frame your subject on the left or right third instead of right in the middle. This practice will help you create unique, eye-catching compositions.
Take Photos Every Day
Make photography an essential part of your daily routine. When you spend time with your camera every day, you build up muscle memory and gain a better understanding of your equipment. Practice taking unique, creatively composed photographs at least once a day to pave the way for innovation and expression.
The crucial key to quality here is, in fact, quantity. The more photos you take, regardless of individual quality, the stronger your foundation will be for improving in the future.
The most powerful way to improve as a photographer is to practice every day, even if it’s just a few snapshots. Get familiar with your camera’s features and know how to work with them—and when to leave them alone. These simple techniques to hone your skills will serve you well in the future.