One of the biggest questions I get asked is “how can I take better photographs?”
Well, there are lots of ways to do that, but if you’re asking then you need to go on a Photography Diet!
What is a Photography Diet? Well, it’s a steady dose of shooting. You need to shoot every day for a month straight. I don’t care what you shoot as long as you are shooting something. You need to shoot every day, because as humans we learn from our mistakes. Now, you don’t have to check out your work every day; you can do that when you have time some day and go through several days of work. However, you do need to shoot 30 days in a row. Then, when you review your photos, figure out what you like about your photos.
Figure out what you don’t like and think about what you can do to make them better next time. Should I use a tripod, learn more about the rules, maybe a different angle, or just wait for the light to change? Some days, you’re not going to have time. Some days, you’re not going to feel great, but just like a real diet you need to work through it.
If you miss a day, you can start over. This will keep you thinking about photography. If you think about shooting on a regular basis you will start to become more consistent and shoot better photos. This isn’t for everyone, and it won’t change your life, but for the few people that do this you will see a difference in your photographs.
Do you ever wonder how the Pros make photography look so easy? It’s because we shoot every day. We know our equipment, the settings, the light, the rules of photography, and we put ourselves in great places to get the shot. If the sun, the sky or the subject doesn’t work out, then we find something else to shoot. Just remember: shoot, look & learn. If you do this at the end of the month, you will take better pictures!
But most important: have fun shooting! To shoot more, join a local Photo Club like Photographers Adventure Club – they do over 150 events per year, so there is always somebody looking to shoot, learn or teach!
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Babe Barton says
This is an awesome and serious article about Photography Diet. Who coined this? I do sometimes forget about the grumbling in my stomach..aka..hunger pangs when I have to find and capture a daily theme! I just make sure that I am hydrated at all times and set time aside for cooking dindin..cause taking pictures is just too much fun!. Great information and fun too.
Joe DiFlorio says
Excellent advise. I sometimes hit that artistic wall when it seems like nothing you shoot is a keeper. I just keep on shooting and all of a sudden you get that one shot that makes you say “Wow”. That to me is enough to rekindle my passion and get me back into the photography groove.