3 Great Habits For Any Photographer
A lot of photographers go through the motions waiting for some kind of miracle to click. They think that one day, a single piece of advice or a certain technique will come along, and turn them into one of the greats from one moment to the next. In reality, developing your photography, like anything creative, is a gradual process of hard work and practice. Having said that, there are a few good habits you should try to adopt…
Shoot Every Day
If you have a particular subject or environment you want in all of your shots, then it can be hard to drag yourself out of the house and take snaps every day. Still, no matter what your prospects are, getting out there and taking at least one shot every day is a brilliant habit for any photographer to adopt. Aside from developing your skills through experimentation, you’ll naturally start to see the world through a photographic context, and frame all kinds of shots you come across in your day-to-day life. Obviously, there’s some theory involved in getting the best shots. However, if you spend more time actually shooting and less time reading about it, your skills will develop much faster.
Keeping a notebook with all your ideas, inspirations, color schemes and anything else that comes to mind is another great habit to get into. This will ensure that when you’re in the zone, all those great ideas don’t get lost in the rush of everyday life. There are various ways you can do this. You can start keeping a physical, paper notebook with written ideas and pages torn from magazines. Apps like Evernote, Writer+ and so on can also be exceedingly handy for composing and cataloging notes. Some people may simply want to keep a Word doc or txt. file on their desktop, and set some time aside for pasting in quotes from photography blogs such as FujiUser.com . Aside from taking notes for your own inspiration, it can also be helpful to keep records of your shoots. Noting down the settings and lenses you used, the lighting, the time of day and other details can all come in handy. This will give you a reference of all the best local spots which you can come back to whenever you like.
Any kind of artist should be consuming more art from their chosen field than they create. If you’re shooting more pictures than you’re looking at, then you’re carrying around the mark of an amateur! I’m amazed by the amount of photographers who can’t say, off the top of their head, who their favorite photographers are, or the main influences for their work. Good photography and bad photography alike will have a positive influence on your development, so get into the habit of looking at shots at least as much as you take them. Read some books, visit some exhibits, and surf the web often. The bigger your palette, the better you’ll become.
Get into these three habits, and your photography will start to improve faster than you can imagine!