A new year always brings new resolutions. So why not make some photography resolutions instead this year? Often these only last a few weeks or months but if you can keep to it you may just see a huge improvement in your photos. Photography is like any other hobby. The more you practice the better you will become. So, here are 5 photography changes for you to make in 2020.
Take more photos
The most obvious change that you can make if you want to capture better photos is to simply take more photos. The more you get out there and practice taking shots the better you will become. Whether that is spotting potential scenarios or being able to select your settings quickly, set yourself a goal of taking more photos in 2020.
But don’t just go and photograph scenarios you are familiar with, instead work on your weaknesses so that you improve the parts of your photography that you struggle with. For example, if you struggle to take photos in low light conditions head to a covered market and practice there for a few hours a week. You’ll be amazed how much you will improve over time by doing this.
Go somewhere new
Going to new places to take photos is a great way to kickstart your passion for photography. New destinations often mean you are even more alert and ready to capture photos as it is somewhere new and exciting. It’s natural that if you keep going to places that you have been to you will subconsciously become immune to what you see around you. So, set yourself a goal of visiting a few new locations every year to inspire you.
Revisit somewhere again
Whilst visiting somewhere new is great to kickstart your passion, you should also take some time to visit places that you have been to before. This could be because the places that you visited before didn’t give you the shot that you wanted because of bad weather for example. Or it could be because something has changed. For example, big cities are constantly changing and there might be a new building or landmark to photograph. Or it might just be that you want to try and capture a better photo than what you already have.
The great thing about revisiting somewhere you already know is that you should know where the best spots are for photos. So, you should already have an idea in your mind about that type of shot that you want to take. Whatever your reason is for revisiting old destinations, make a commitment to revisit a few of these in 2020.
Join a photography club
Photography can be a lonely hobby. There are not many people (other than photographers) who want to hear about your ordeal at sunrise to capture that shot you wanted. Or people who want to discuss camera accessories, settings and even look at your photos. That’s why joining a local camera club is a great way to boost your photography. Not only will you be surrounded by like-minded individuals who would usually be much happier to discuss all things photography, but they will also inspire you to improve your own work. The other benefit of joining a camera club is that they also often have talks and events run by established professional photographers that can help you improve your work. You can then put what you have learned into practice by entering the club’s photography competitions.
Visit an art gallery
It might seem strange, but a great way to inspire yourself and learn more about photography is by visiting an art gallery. Pay attention to how paintings frame the composition and used colour and especially light to tell a story. After all, these were the photographs of the day and painters had to use a lot of the same principles that are used in photography. You’ll be amazed at how much you can learn about photography by visiting an art gallery.
Post one picture a week
There has been a lot said about the pros and cons of social media. Whilst you should never believe the hype and also take to heart anything said on there, social media is a good way to showcase your work to your friends, family and the world. Whether it is Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest (or any others), make a habit of posting regularly on one of these platforms. Don’t get too hung up on “likes” or “followers” but instead use it as an exercise to constantly share a great photo. The reason is that it will make you get out there and take more photos. But you can also review your work as a collection to see if there is a style and look and feel that is unique to you. So, set yourself the aim of posting at least one photo a week.
If you are serious about improving your photography, you have to dedicate the time to actually learn and improve. With a new year comes new opportunities so make sure that you set yourself some goals and challenges to improve your work. If you can make these 5 changes for 2020 you will be sure to see an improvement in your work.
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