5 Tips to Boost Your Photography Instantly

Here are some quick tips that will help you become a better photographer and capture higher quality images. Each of these can be very deep but I will scratch just the surface for you, leaving the digging to you. Understand that it’s worth it.

1 – Downsize Your Equipment Collection

If you have too much money burning a hole in your pocket, invest in a 401k, an IRA or maybe an Equities/Trading account, but do not keep buying lenses. Learn to get the most out of the ones you already have. In my personal experience if you have more than half a dozen lenses, you already have way too many.

2 – Get a Prime Lens

Nothing makes your collection more effective than an excellent prime lens. I personally prefer a 50mm or 85mm F/1.4 or F/1.8 in my collection. The other great thing about prime lenses is that they make you move, they make you work and look for “the shot”. Overly relying on a zoom or a super-zoom can make you lazy or super-lazy.

3 – Emulate Great Photographers

Emulate, Imitate, Copy the best and the greatest out there. Eventually you will pick up good habits, see things from a better point of view and get better. Surrounding yourself by those more skilled than yourself is a sure shot way of forcing yourself to improve.

4 – Time Your Shots

Sure, you can set your camera to continuous mode and shoot 1,000 shots during a 30 minute shoot, but what is the point? Not to mention, are you really going to have the time to sift through all of those shots? One with the person blinking, one with them squinting, one with their hair moving, the next one two strands of hair are moving. Save yourself the time and hassle, simply take your time and get the shot right when you shoot. Imagine that someone is giving you only 10 shutter clicks for a shoot, what would you do? Training yourself to shoot higher quality and lower quantity will do wonders for your craft.

5 – Make Photographer Friends, Share Your Work

I’ve mentioned this before, probably more than once. That should tell you how important this is. You simply do not know your own worth until others start to critique and review your work. They are able to see your work from a different point of view. Sometimes this can be humbling and other times it can build confidence. To my surprise my friends often times like images that I personally wouldn’t have selected, and vice versa. So get your work out there, expose it to others and start a productive debate.