Ways to Improve the Way You Do Photography

There are many resources out there to learn and improve the way you do photography. Websites, books, courses, guidelines, rules, tips, tutorials, your name it, there out there and they are a good source of information. All this information is useless if you do not apply it and know what to do with it. In this article I want to share with you what has helped me improve and become a better photographer.

First of all get to know your camera. Your camera is your most important photography tool and if you do not know how and where to find the different settings that all those resources talk about then you will not learn how to use it. Learn where everything is, how to change the settings, and what the numbers in your camera mean, what to press and when to press it. The camera will not do the job for you if you do not manage it. So make the camera work for you, become its best friend, treat it right and take care of it. When you know your camera you will be on your way to improving the way you do photography.

You cannot take shot after shot in auto mode and expect great results. Learn new things. Try new things. Experiment with new settings and new guidelines that you read about in all the resources mentioned above. As you progress and try new things you will be learning and improving the way you do photography. In photography there is always something new to learn, when you do – try it out. Trying new things will take you to the next step and will also make you curious about learning more photography techniques.

One other step in your learning process is to shoot, shoot and shoot more. The more you shoot the more proficient you get at it. The more you shoot the more you learn about your camera, its settings and different techniques. Reading a book will make you learn something new, but if you do not practice it and experiment with it, soon you will forget it. Spend time capturing images of the same object over and over again from different angles and with different settings. After every photo shoot, go over your photos, see what you like, what causes an impression on you or others. Review what you did to get to those results and then practice even more with those same settings.

In any activity you do in life, before getting better at it your need to work hard on it. Why would photography be different? Figure out what you need to improve at, do some research and work on it. It is very good if you write a list of things that you do not feel confident about. When you have your list, concentrate on one item at a time. Spend time practicing, go over your results, doing research and learning from it so that you can improve your photography. When you think you have reach the results you wanted, scratch it out and go to the next item on your list. Practice makes perfect.

In the digital age of photography it is very easy to take many pictures of the same subject, review them and delete the ones you do not like. Hold on and do not do that immediately. Take a good look at the images that you do not like, analyze them and figure out what it is that you do not like about them. If you find things that repeat themselves over and over again then it is time to add them to your list.

Another great way to improve your photography is to give yourself homework. Challenge yourself, set deadlines and go out and make sure you practice more and work only on the topic that you assigned yourself. Define what you need to work on, set a topic and work only on it.

Another important point is to learn to receive feedback and positive criticism of your work. Let other photographers tell you what they think about your art. Either find photographers that are willing to tell you what they like or dislike about your images or simply post your images on the Internet and let people tell you what they think. There are some specialized websites that will criticize your photography and will give you tips to improve the work you are showcasing. Photographers are also doing the same thing as you so do not get feedback only from them, ask around, friends, family, co-workers, and others, ask what they think you will be surprise about their answers, but it will certainly help you improve.

Photography takes time and dedication. If you really want to improve, and not necessarily to become a professional photographer, do not give up, practice and learn, you will improve the way to capture images.

Market Your Photography Business

Setting up your own photography business it easy, you don’t need office space in can be done from your own home. However this is not the easiest type of business to market, especially if you are new to the business. Quite often to market this type of business you need specialist contacts, and your newness to the business precludes you from having these contacts, unless of course your surname is Eastman.

Don’t underestimate the power of marketing, because it is the tool that can make or break your business. Marketing is the commercial aspect of transferring goods from one owner to another. Without this tool you are lost, but don’t despair, there are effective avenues you can explore to market your business successfully.

First of all you need to decide what form of business you are going to set up, there are only two basic types – Assignment photography and Stock photography.

Assignment photography covers jobs that you have been hired to photograph. In other words you have a specific target to photograph. An example of this type of photography is to cover Mr X’s wedding. This type of the photography is the bread and butter of photographers, however it is unlikely to win you the Pulitzer Prize for photography.

The photographs will have a limited appeal, in the case of Mr X’s wedding; no matter how technically perfect those photographs are, they are going to have a limited appeal. They are simply not marketable outside the field of the family of Mr X.

Stock photography, is exactly what the name suggest, you have a stock of photographs and you have to market them. You have taken the photographs without having a buyer. This type of photography is much more speculative, and you may waste a lot of resources. You may have to invest a great deal of time and or film, depending on whether you are using an SLR camera, or a Digital Camera. Non-professionals think these photographs occur when you are in the right place at the right time. In reality though, being in the correct place has an element of advantage, who can forget the child on fire from Napalm running out of a village in the Vietnam war; often they are a particular photograph taken out of a series of hundreds. Whilst these photographs are often more exciting to take, they can be boring as well, and you may never quite get that photograph that “Says it All”.

There are effective ways to market these stock photographs, which is wonderful for the beginner because you do not bear the cost of the marketing. There are several stock picture libraries on line. You submit your photographs to these libraries, and they then sell the rights for others to reproduce them. The price structure on this type of photography depends on its content and also where it is sold. It may go on the front page of an encyclopaedia with a print run of half a million, and it may go on someone’s private web site. There will be a different rate for the type of photograph and its market. When your photograph is sold the library will deduct a percentage of your commission for marketing and of course profit.

Most photographers when they start will combine these types of business to varying degrees. There are several ways that you can boost your marketing profile without actually spending any money. Join a local photography society is one way, another is to go to your local town hall and see if your local chamber of commerce has a group of professional photographers. Another more involved way to market your business and bring it into a higher profile with the local community is to offer to teach photography free of charge. Yes I know the chances are that you are working from home, but why not offer to do it in a local school.

The debate is still raging about SLR cameras versus digital, and it looks like it will for some time to come.

It is still fair to say that most photographers want great imaging, in a compact affordable package. Improved design techniques for the digital camera are now delivering a viable alternative to 35mm film, but one of the drawbacks to marketing this type of film, was the time consumed producing digital photographs at home. Home development often does not give a professional finish. There are now photo development agencies online which will give you great images. You upload the photographs on to your chosen site and they will print them and forward them on to you. This way you can ensure crystal clear prints to your instructions. Kodak gallery allows you to share your prints online afterwards by allowing you storage space, which means that you don’t even have to scan your pictures. Don’t forget to check out our other articles for great hints and tips for every step of your business development. Make your business work for you!

Whilst marketing is a very important aspect of the business, it does not compensate for lack of quality. Sharp clear prints sell, and others don’t. Make sure that you invest in good quality basics, such as a tripod. It is not necessary to invest in products you will use once a year, if you need them then hire them, especially when you are just starting. Even if you use digital, it is still a fact that the lens is more important than the camera. Make sure the equipment you buy is going to work for you. Extra time spent asking questions before you buy will pay dividends later, in terms of money saved. Everyone wastes money at some time or other, but being forethought and researching can reduce that substantially.

Online Blogs Provide Literally Thousands of Free Digital Photography Tips

Online blogs are ideal for those photographers who are keen on taking good clean shots and organizing their photos into part of their daily life, whether it just be online photo albums or the need to turn this popular hobby into a thriving online business.

These free digital photography resources are the result of professional photographers sharing their digital photography experiences that will soon have you hooked as though you were buying a monthly photography magazine, the only difference being that all of these photography tips are free.

Now if you’ve already heard enough and want to head straight over to Google and begin to find the very latest digital photography tips, but typing in “Digital Photography Tips”.

If you want to read a bit more about the overall content of these many many digital photography tips, then you will be pleased to know that there are a whole bunch of photography tips for both beginner and advanced levels.

Even if you haven’t bought your first digital camera yet, then you will find many tips for seeking and subsequently purchasing the best deals, for a camera that suits your own personal photography needs. If your intention is to sell photos online, then you should make sure you get a camera with enough megapixels, so that the resulting photos are of sufficient quality to be sold through the numerous Microstock photography sites, so getting the best education is vital so you don’t just end up throwing your money away.

The latest Photography new and camera trickery are regular players on online photography blogs, so you will soon discover how to take the best quality pictures in a variety of differing surroundings both during the day and at night. So you will soon be able to really enjoy this very popular hobby with so many free online resources right at your fingertips.