Want to be a better photographer? Do this one simple thing every day!
When my Mom and I exchange photos after a family visit, she always says that mine are better than hers. I don't know if that's true, but I have seen my own photography improve over the years and I believe I know the reason why.
Are you ready for it? It's so simple. It's because I take a picture every single day. I've been doing that for more than 2 years straight. I've done a 365 project a few times before that as well. I take a lot of photos in general and that's good, but I really believe it is the repetition of taking a picture every day that has helped me improve my photography skills.
Let's get it out of the way upfront that it's not about the camera! For the record, all the pictures in this post were taken with my iPhone 5 or 6, depending on the date of the photo. No special lenses, no extra tricks. They also were all editing on my phone using the iPhone native editing tools. This isn't about tools or post-production. It's about the actual action of taking the picture and doing that over and over again on a regular basis.
When you take a picture every single day, you learn to look for opportunities. Everything can be magical if you pay attention. You start looking for the right light.
Nothing is too ordinary. Capturing a photo each day helps you realize the magic of everyday scenes and objects.
Photo prompt lists and challenges become great allies because you need new ideas. It's hard to think of something to photograph every day!
You try new angles and experiment with composition.
If you didn't take a photo during daylight hours, you have to go outside of your comfort zone and shoot in the dark. You have to stretch yourself.
You look forward to going places and want to explore more because you will find something great to take a picture of. I'm always so excited about vacations because I don't have to struggle to think of something to photograph each day!
Most of all, you have fun! Otherwise, why would you keep doing something every day? You learn to make it enjoyable and to be creative. I think that might be the biggest key of all when it comes to getting better at anything!
I'll leave you with a few related links to explore:
- How 10 minutes a day will make you a better photographer from Digital Photography School
- Creating a Habit by Katrina Kennedy on Capture Your 365
- Make Pictures - a post from me about composing and creating shots
- Every day for 624 days - a post from me about my daily habit of taking pictures and what has helped me stay on track
I truly believe that when you put in the time (even just a tiny bit each day) that you will see real improvement!