That’s right. Guaranteed improvement.
How often do you actually hear that when it comes to something artistic or creative? Not very often, but I can tell you right now that if you will simply do three small steps every day, your photography will improve more than you ever imagined possible.
Want to learn the secret? Of course you do. Today, you’ll get step 1. Get that started and next week I’ll be back with the second step (or get all three steps now, if you can’t wait.).
Step 1 for Improving Your Photography: Take a picture every day.
You didn’t really think it was a magic formula, did you? I’ve got it on good authority… master photographers who have been in the business for over three decades. The secret is in your mindset when you’re taking your photo of the day. You can’t just turn on the camera, click and shut down. Some days will definitely be like that, but generally you should do three things to complete the task of a daily photo…
- Carry you camera with you everywhere. Your camera phone isn’t your primary camera, so don’t play it safe and tell me you’ve always got that one with you. Step out and start carrying your regular camera with you. Most cameras fit in a purse or diaper bag if you don’t want to carry a separate camera bag. You’ll miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. It’s an opportunity, not an obligation.
- Begin to see differently. Once you decide that you will find an image every day, you start to see your world differently. It never fails. If you want to get scientific, it’s the RAS (reticular activating system) helping you out because you’ve identified something for it to locate. On a more personal level, I have talked to dozens of photographers who swear that they are seeing the world around them in an entirely new light just from this one small step of taking a picture every day. If you knew you could transform your vision that easily, wouldn’t you jump at the chance?
- Get off automatic. Whether in life or photography, when we live on automatic, we miss out. If you’re still on auto with your camera, consider moving to Program mode or even one of the other modes. Try it out… it doesn’t hurt to take a bad photo. You can always go back to auto. One lesson I learned from a master photographer is that you didn’t do anything wrong if your first few images aren’t “right.” Maybe they need more or less light, it’s okay, take the image, then adjust. When you take a photo every day, you’ll begin to experiment more and start to trust yourself and your camera.
So what do you think? Are you ready to tackle this? I know you can do it. If you can brush your teeth every day, you can get that camera and click the shutter release once a day. Try it out for one week. I’ll be back next week with Step 2 for guaranteed improvement in your images!
Tasra Dawson is a photographer and founder of Teen Identity Portraits & Magazine, committed to unleashing the true beauty in every teen girl. She offers daily photography tips, inspiration, and creativity at tasramar.com.