“The best photography tools at your disposal are patience, curiousity, and the growing ability to see the world in new ways. Cameras just do the capture.” David duChemin
Let’s review a little bit…
The main ingredients to taking better photographs are???
- The 3 P’s – Practice, Patience and Persistence
- Shutter speed
So now you’re out shooting on your own. Several of you have asked…what’s next?
Here are my ten suggestions for continuing on your photographic journey…
- Practice - The number one thing you can do to improve your photographic skills is practice, practice, practice. Take lots of photographs. Take them often. Take them in varying light situations. Keep your camera close by at all times.
- Look - Study other photographers and their work. Don’t just study contemporary photographers, study the late 19th and early 20th century photographers as well. You can learn from other people’s successes as well as failures.
- Read – Read lots of books about photography. Old and new. The equipment may have changed but the basic principals are still the same. One of my favorite series of books is the old Time Life Photography Series. You can usually find them really cheap in used bookstores and they have lots of great information in them.
- Surf - You’ll be amazed at how much free information on photography is out there on the World Wide Web. It’s yours for the taking. Not sure where to start? Look over and check out the links on the side bar.
- Shoot – shoot often and shoot your passion.
- Record – Keep a journal of tips and tricks you’ve discovered, lighting examples and especially your progress.
- Connect – Connect with other photographers. Online or in person. There’s tons of great photography forums out there on the web. Some you can join for free and some have a yearly fee. Join the Virginia Beach Photography Club. They are a long standing and very active local club. They hold monthly meetings as well as focus groups and workshops on various topics.
- Learn – Learn to use a photo editing program like Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Taking your digital photographs to the next level means learning how to tweak them to get the best results possible. Definitely take any classes or workshops that you can find. Besides taking additional classes at the CACV you can check out the photography courses that are offered by Tidewater Community College. Try to find workshops in subjects that interest you. Such as landscape, nature, potraiture. Do a Google search for workshops in Virginia and plan a summer vacation with some great instruction and picture taking.
- Don’t- Don’t get hung up on gear. Get the basics. Get what you need. Get the best you can afford but pay more attention to your vision.
- And…lastly…practice, practice, practice!
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A few other great sites to check out:
Digital Photography School. They have lots of great tutorials and weekly challenges.
Fro Knows Photos Lots of great tutorials, videos, podcasts, challenges and a forum
Think about taking some black and white photographs. Black and white photography can add a dramatic effect to your photos. It is recommended to shoot all photos in color and then convert them to black and white in a photo editing program. That said, color can sometimes be distracting. You can learn a lot about composition and light and by eliminating the element of color and spending a day shooting with you camera in monochrome mode.
Give yourself an assignment, put your camera in monochrome mode and spend a day shooting in black and white.
For inspiration, do a search on Flickr for black and white photos.
As discussed in the morning class, here is the flash diffuser for your on camera flash.Cosmos ® Soft Pop-Up DSLR Flash Diffuser for On-Camera Flashes