No matter whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional, there are ways that you can take your photography to the next level.
Gina and Valerie discuss nine ways that you can improve your photography and give it that extra edge. They’re not time-consuming but, cumulatively, these baby steps will help to make all the difference with your shooting. And they work regardless of what level you are at right now!
Here are some studio shots I took of my sis before Christmas. Any critique on the lighting, posing and post-processing would be gratefully received, thanks!
Listen to the episode to hear Gina’s critique.
It’s our 1st birthday! How to take your photography to the next level
This show was inspired by a mentoring session Gina did last week with a guy who wanted to take his photography to the next level.
1. Shoot what you love
When you photograph the things you love, you will always be excited and inspired.
Your experiences and how you see the world are unique to you.
2. Technique not gear
Focus on the technique. It’s what you do every day that makes you great. Trying to get everything right at once is too overwhelming.
3. Find your hero
What is your image about? Is it a landscape? A portrait?
Find one thing and make it your hero. Keep it simple.
4. Fail, stuff up, step out of your comfort zone
“Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” – Jack Canfield
5. Ask for help
- Put your work out there
- Seek constructive criticism
- Join photography communities
- Teach a friend about photography
- Get a mentor
6. Pick your moments
The difference between good and great is light.
You can read books, do courses and listen to podcasts until the cows come home but if you don’t have self confidence, it will be very difficult to take your work to the next level
8. Post Production
Learn the basics. Treat post like a kitchen apprenticeship. Ease your way in so you don’t burn the steak.
Just do it! Shoot every day even for 5 minutes.