Photography is like any other pastime or occupation. You need to continuously improve your skills and work in areas where you think there is room for improvement. Whether you are a professional or an amateur, you will not learn too well. But people often find it difficult to improve their photography skills because you may develop a habit of a specific style or work in a specific way that is difficult to change. The following are some training methods and ideas that can help you improve your photography skills.
1-Use only prime lenses
A prime lens is a lens with a fixed focal length, which is different from a zoom lens that allows you to change the focal length by zooming in or out. Although most people tend to avoid prime lenses just because zoom lenses provide more flexibility, the real benefit of prime lenses is that it means you have to move around actively to get the photos you want to take. This usually means getting closer to your subject, which also means you have to interact with them.
Therefore, the next time you go out to shoot, you only need to bring the fixed-focus lens of the camera, and nothing else, so as not to switch halfway. You may learn a lot about yourself and your photography, and you may be surprised by the photos you come back.
2-Shoot under the worst conditions
This is a bit contradictory, because as a photographer, you should always shoot everything in the best way and in the best light. However, as a way to train yourself to deal with different situations, it is a good way to learn to adapt, because sometimes you won’t have enough time. If you need to shoot something specific, you may not have the opportunity again, so you need to find a solution to the problem.
3-Occupies limited memory card space
One of the great advantages of digital photography is that you don’t have to worry about wasting film when taking pictures. Generally, as long as you have enough memory cards, you can take as many photos as you want, and there is still space left. However, this also caused people to sell out, hoping that one of the photos they took was okay, instead of considering every photo. If you can only take 24 photos a day, you will be more picky when you press the shutter.
But it’s also a good way to train yourself to really consider composition, lighting, and focus before taking pictures. Just take a small memory card that can only hold a few photos, or set yourself a limit of 20 photos, and you can take it home. When you reach the limit, you must delete one to add another.
Then you can take this exercise further by not allowing yourself to delete anything to copy the days of film photography, so when you reach the limit, that’s it. Do this enough times and you will be very effective in taking beautiful photos.
4-Ask someone to give you homework
Shooting for your own pleasure is completely different from shooting for clients. But trying to capture the vision of others, or shooting for a story can really help you improve your photography. Not only must you ensure that their vision is captured, but you must also ensure that everything on their shooting list is covered.
As an exercise, ask family or friends to give you a task to photograph the types of things that interest you most. Treat it as a real job and show it to the person who sent it. Keep in mind that they are customers and they may not necessarily agree with your views on certain photos, but this is done to ensure that you cover all the necessities of the job.
5-Shooting a movie
Imagine if you cannot view the photo on the back of the camera. How do you know if they are good or if you have written them correctly? The answer is that you can’t until the development of the movie is complete.
There is no doubt that digital photography makes it easier to take beautiful photos, but if you really want to test your identity as a photographer, then using film is the ultimate test. In addition to only a limited number of photos can be taken with film, because you cannot see the photos you have taken, you must rely on your instinct, eyes, skills and technique as a photographer to take good photos.