Below are my top hints and tips for
better and more enjoyable photography:
- Enjoy Your Photography The most important thing about your photography is that you enjoy it.
It doesn't matter what level you are at, as long as you get pleasure from
doing it - that's all what counts.
- Join Your Local Camera Club
Camera clubs are not necessarily for everyone, but you will not know
until you give it a try. Although they are not primarily teaching
organizations, a lot can be learned by joining one. Meeting people
with a similar interest can really give your photography a boost from
the encouragement and inspiration you will receive. You can find
details of one close to you from the Photographic Alliance Of Great
Britain (PAGB) website.
You will need a certain amount of equipment, but having the latest
most expensive camera is not essential. Having an eye for a
picture and knowing your current equipment is more important.
- Know Your
Camera Get familiar
with your camera's controls and settings so that using it becomes second
nature - your camera will then become an extension of yourself to enable
you to concentrate solely on the subject.
- Know Your
Subject Having an in-depth knowledge of your subject will
greatly enhance your
photography. With landscape, for example, knowing the best time of day - and
sometimes even season for a particular view will mean you will get that
ultimate shot. Sometimes you can just get lucky, but luck is often
- Visual Awareness Take time to look
at other photographers images and artists paintings, then analyze why
they work and why you like them. By doing this you will gain a
'visual awareness' of composition, lighting and what elements are needed
to create a strong image.
- Style Try and develop a style of
your own. A good photographer's work should be recognized as
just from the style.
- Photographic Distinctions Both the
Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and the Photographic Alliance Of Great
Britain (PAGB) offer the opportunity to gain photographic distinctions.
Going for a distinction will give your photography a sense of purpose
and a feeling of great satisfaction when achieved.
- Build Your Own Website It is not as
difficult as it may first appear, there are many templates and creation
programs available to get started. A website of your own can be
the ideal spotlight for your images and
These Hints & Tips are
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