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8 tips to improve your photographer skills

Improve your photography skills

In this post, we want to give you a few tips to improve your photo skills, whether you are just starting in photography or have been doing it for a long time. These points are not specifically technical, it’s inspirational ideas that will help you to improve as a photographer.

1. Talk before photograph

During your photography workshop you will want to capture as much as possible. Spend time before bringing your eye to the camera to talk with the people you want to photograph. Know about them, ask simple questions, and make them feel comfortable before you start to photograph.

If you come and start photograph, you will become an intruder and you will intimidate them. Be emphatic, your photos will appreciate it.

Check all collection of photos in our Ethiopia Photo Tour, you will see how the portraits show confidence with the photographer.

Ethiopia Photo Tour

2. Use your equipment

Don’t blame yourself for the equipment you don’t have. Practice and explore compositions, use the manual mode, and learn about what kind of photographer you want to be.

Read our post about the rule of thirds in photography, to start learning composition, or find inspiration with the Best Books of Photographers.

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3. Enjoy photography

It can sound basic, but travel photography is not as easy as it looks. Wait for a perfect moment in a specific location for hours to get the shoot you look requires passion. And sometimes it requires to wait with low temperatures or bad weather conditions.

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4. Never give up

Don’t think that there is nothing impossible, all can be done. While you look for inspiration you could think that you can’t capture the same kind of photos. If anybody did before, of course, you can do it too. If anybody didn’t do doesn’t mean you can’t do it.

Also more important, don’t be around people that tell you that it can’t be done. Surround yourself with positive people, especially on trips for photographers. Persons that give you energy and/or ideas to improve yourself.

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5. Think before click

One of the biggest mistakes is to don’t think before making the photo. Take your time to visualize what you want to get: how it must look. Photo edition not will fix your mistakes in composition, ISO settings, chromatic aberration

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6. Don’t follow the crowd

Repeat the same photographs from famous locations became a popular hobby for photographers. If you want to improve, try to capture these famous spots with different perspectives and of course look for new unexplored locations. Make the difference and create your own style.

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7. Plan your photo

Travel and especially landscape photography requires planning. You must know when is the best possible light for the composition you have in mind. Or if you look to photograph nice autumn colors in Japan, you will need to understand the best weeks for it. All photos require planning!

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8. Bring your camera everywhere

Don’t forget your camera and have always close it. You will blame yourself if you don’t have it during a special situation that can happen during your next New York Photo Workshop as an example.

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These are our tips to improve your photo skills, if you are advanced we hope it helps you too! Do you have more tips or advice? Write to us in the comment what do you think about it or give your own. Enjoy photography!

Eduardo Fuster
About the author

Eduardo Fuster is a Spanish photographer based in Russia. Graduate in Art & Design and specialized in video & photography. More than 15 years of experience working for advertisement, tv, cinema, real estate & stock agencies.

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