The following is an excerpt from Doug’s book, Creating Better Images – Learn Tips and Tricks to Create Better Digital Images. This Kindle book is on sale for $0.99 until Sunday.
To grow as a photographer, you need to create more interesting images. After you master the technical aspects of using your camera, becoming a better photographer means shooting with a more critical eye to create more compelling photographs. A great way way to improve your skills is to critique your work. Look at the best images in your portfolio objectively and ask the following questions:
1. What do you like best about the photos?
2. Does each image have a strong center of interest?
3. Are the objects in each image unified, or are there objects in the frame that don’t belong?
4. Does the composition draw the viewer’s eye to the most important parts of the image?
5. What rules of composition do you use when creating your images?
6. Does each image convey a message, mood, or tell a story?
After you complete this exercise, you’ll know the strong and weak points of your photography. Make a list of your weak points and each time you go on a photo shoot, consciously focus on one point you need to improve upon. After you’ve improved one area of your photography, work on the next item on your list. Do this exercise every six months to continue refining your skills as a photographer.
After you critique your work, you’ll have some valuable information you can use to improve your photography. For example, if your critique revealed some problems with your flower photographs, create a self assignment to photograph flowers for an hour or two. When you go on a self-assignment with the goal of improving your photography, review your work immediately and compare it to your previous images to see how you’re progressing. When you schedule time to consciously focus on a specific area of photography, you get better. When you go on a self assignment, consciously focus on making the best pictures you can. To that I would add not to stray from the task at hand.
“Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” Vince Lombardi
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