Thursday, 29 December 2011

Practice, Practice, Practice

Practise makes perfect better photographers.

The best way to improve your photography is to practice. The more often you practice the quicker you improve.  
There are lots of ways to help you undertake the practising methodology - why not try completing a 365 Project or a 52 week project for example.

365 project
The is where you take a photograph each day for a year. 

Does this have to start on 1st January each year? No not at all, you can start this at any time.  Its just about getting you to use your camera each day and learning the camera controls as well as the art of composition. Over time you will handle your camera more effectively and, rather than fiddling around with the controls trying to change a setting or two, you will be able to focus your mind on composing the image.

What if you can't see anything interesting to shoot? You will find your mind becomes sharper and you will begin seeing potential images everywhere.

What should you do with the photographs?  Why not upload them to Google+ or Flickr, there are other photographers who are also following the same daily routine and sharing your images with them can inspire them too.  If you get in a good group you can also ask for critique from them.

What if you don’t take a great photo one day?  This isn’t about beating the opposition, its about learning and sharing your learning with others.

If you want to have a go at a 365 and you are on Google+ you should head on over to this page at and see the details and also the list of others who have also chosen the same route you are considering - you won’t be alone!

If you would sooner post images to Flickr then just check out the number of groups supporting the 365 theme!

52 week Project
If you don’t think you can commit to a photo a day then why not consider a 52 week project.
There is an interesting article from a friend and great photographer Chris Bersbach about his journey on a 52week project over at Lighting Essentials and this is definitely worth reading.

At the risk of being accused of plugging Google+ you might also want to check out another approach to a 52 week project being run by Giuseppe Basile over on Google+.

Under your own steam

OK so you don't fancy posting your images out there for the world and his wife to see. Pick your own theme or themes to complete: water; colour blue; interesting windows; reflections; cars; etc. Just shoot images regularly.

One final point - don't beat yourself up if you miss one or two days or assignments, it doesn't matter. It only matters that you practice, practice, practice.