One of the aims of The Galloway Photographic Collective is to help promote photography in Dumfries & Galloway. Part of that involves helping you get better at photography. In fact, all photographers want to get better. Good photographers never stop learning.
There are too many things to teach you in one blog, so keep an eye for these at regular intervals.
1 – Never stop photographing.
Take pictures every day, even of the incidental things. The best way to get better is to shoot every day. Your command of the camera will become second nature and you will be free to think about things like composition, emotion, storytelling.
Robert Capa said “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” It’s so true. He was of course talking about emotional closeness as well as physical.
3 – Buy education, not gear.
Having the best of gear does not a photographer make. I have seen and shot some of my favourite pictures using a phone. It’s all about knowing what you want to do. With strong knowledge you can make amazing pictures using the most basic of gear. Learn more!
A well timed joke or anecdote is much more effective than asking people to smile. You don’t want your subjects to mug for the camera, so don’t ask them to.
5 – Engage With Your Subject.
Take time to make your subject comfortable. Talk to them, let them know what to expect and what you re going to do. They are probably really nervous and it is your job to provide them with an enjoyable experience.