I’ve been writing a lot of articles about different photography exercises you can do from home during stay at home orders, and the one thing all of these photography techniques have in common is that they’re going to help you take better photos.
So, instead of focusing on these large goals, I’m focusing on one. I want to take better photos, and I’m inviting you to improve your photography with me.
Ask for Criticism
As a people pleaser, I’m always asking for criticism from the people who are closest to me, like my wife. But, as a photographer, I need other photographers to help me critique my work.
It’s one of the reasons why I joined a local Facebook group for photographers. It’s also one of the reasons why I’ve taken a number of community college courses in photography over the years.
There’s really no need to reinvent the wheel if you want to take better photos. You simply need to ask other people for help.
While you don’t have to take all of the advice other photographers give you, having an unbiased set of eyes look at your work and give you some photography tips may help you see something you never would have seen on your own.
Plus, if you’re willing to do the same thing for other photographers, you should have no problem finding willing volunteers. I’ve even created some lifetime friends using this technique to learn how to take better photos.
Adopt a New Perspective
This is one of my favorite beginner photography tips because it forces you to get out of your comfort zone. In order to take better photos, you need to change your perspective.
This means you need to be comfortable crawling around on the ground or climbing a tree. Simply by photographing something you would normally photograph at eye height from a different vantage point, you can learn all sorts of things about composition, color, and contrast.
Since adopting a new perspective can be pretty easy to do for kids, I actually take my son on “adventures” where I challenge him to find me something interesting to photograph. As a father, sometimes you need to get creative about working in your hobby to childcare time. He loves it and it’s led to me being able to take better photos.
The first step to learning how to take better photos is learning how to plan a photoshoot and being intentional with it.
You need to sit down and figure out what you want to accomplish from every photoshoot you do.
Some of my favorite photo projects, like The Struggle to Right Oneself by Kerry Skarbakka, span decades and yet every photo in the project sticks to one theme.
Print Your Best Photos
After you’ve learned how to take better photos, you’ll want to proudly display those photos on your wall.
I don’t know what it is about printing photos, but it’s always helped me understand what I love about my photography and what I still want to change about it. Plus, it’s nice to get a little love for my photos when friends or family come over.