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How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?


How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
rambler Plus
12 1.0k 17 England
10 Oct 2017 12:58PM
Join a local photography club.

Ken
parallax 11 204 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2017 1:18PM
For a start, think about what you want to achieve with your photographs.
Take the time to absorb your surroundings before you even take out your camera.
Look at the great and good to see what it is that makes them so.
And yes, join a photography club and have fun taking and discussing pictures with fellow enthusiasts.
brian1208 17 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2017 1:40PM
Join a club

Learn from other photographers

Meet with traditional artists and others who work in related fields of "Art" and learn from them

Be critical of your own work and don't believe all the praise you get from "Friends" who will "Like" your work on-line

Go back and review past images and see what you think of them now and decide if you have changed your style (and if so, do you like the direction of change)

Take part in public exhibitions, either with friends, on your own or via open art / craft fairs and listen to feed-back on your work from non-photographers
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 768 England
10 Oct 2017 7:31PM
Take look at the Critique Gallery. Post images there.

Appraise your own images as if looking through the eyes of someone else.

Study those images that you admire from other photographers and work out (or even ask them by PM) what the magic ingredient is.

Consier working on improving one element of your technique at a a time.
Niknut Plus
11 2.9k 82 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2017 11:02AM
Study the work of others, in the 'Gallery' say......think about why they've taken
the shot, how it was achieved, composition, light, colours.......is it sharp where
it needs to be, does it have impact, or mood...the list is endless !

Learn by your mistakes, & delete anything that is doubtful.....

Display only your best shots !!....mediocre shots aren't
worth seeing, & give no satisfaction to yourself or to the viewer !...so strive to
achieve the best you can produce,& be proud of it !!!!..Grin
JJGEE 16 7.9k 18 England
11 Oct 2017 12:22PM

Quote:.mediocre shots aren't
worth seeing,



Except , as dark_lord suggested one could post them to the Critique Gallery to get some constructive feedback / education.
Niknut Plus
11 2.9k 82 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2017 2:05PM

Quote:
Quote:.mediocre shots aren't
worth seeing,



Except , as dark_lord suggested one could post them to the Critique Gallery to get some constructive feedback / education.



Fair comment !!.Smile
peterjones 19 5.1k 1 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2017 2:53PM
Go to art galleries, enjoy photographic exhibitions, join a camera club and absorb what is useful, view online galleries such as epz, know what pictures you like and if so why, conversely know what images you dislike and if so why, when you go shopping look at high class shop windows and displays, if you live near London go and see Sefridges' Xmas window displays, go to the theatre, the cinema even the TV (sometimes) be inspired by images wherever, fill your mind full of pictures and don't get bogged down by gear except to be able to use it on auto pilot then you can concentrate on capturing your image.

The most important part of the photographic process is the image, the second most important part is you, everything else is merely a means to a satisfactory end.

Peter.
robthecamman 9 1.7k United Kingdom
11 Oct 2017 4:09PM
i joined a photo club got told get out use camera
Euan65 3 316 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2017 6:16PM

Quote:i joined a photo club got told get out use camera


Good advice - one of the best ways of learning to take good photographs is to simply take photographs.
JackAllTog Plus
12 6.3k 58 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2017 10:39PM
Look at artists and painting and see what compositions and proportions work.
SteveCharles 18 2.3k 18 England
12 Oct 2017 9:27AM
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hobbo Plus
10 1.7k 4 England
13 Oct 2017 9:14AM
Have a camera with you wherever you go, or, as and when you can.....study all genres of photography so you acquire a good general knowledge prior to choosing your preferences.

Study the EPZ galleries, even from, way back....that way you will soon learn what the ..Cliches...are, what does and doesnít work.

I find that many of the freely available YouTube tutorials on all things photographic.

If you have a camera that takes interchangeable lenses, donít forget the Vintage Route......vintage film lenses force you to go fully manual, so you quickly learn the nitty-gritty instead of just pointing and shooting.

Donít get bogged down in ...flash units, reflectors, etc, etc, until you have learned to utilise all that natural light has to offer.

Iím not a clubby person, but if you are....I canít reccomend joining one too highly.

Hobbo
miptog 15 3.6k 65 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2017 8:11PM
Six stages of a photographers journey may help in partially answering your question.


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