Photography is one of those activities to which there is simply no substitute for practice. The best way to hone your photography skills, get to know your camera and learn what works for you is to get out there and takes lots of pictures. But what are the best assignments to set yourself to get the most from your new camera?
There are some great ideas for basic tricks that will get you started on advancing your skills beyond the simple family shot or the picture of the cat doing something cute. For instance, pick a location and take a set number of photos from that spot without moving your feet. See just how many different shots you can take from that spot, regardless of what they feature.
Another similar trick is to try to take a number of shots of a single item in as many different ways as you can. Say you take a vase of flowers – how many different pictures can you get? Close up shots, different angles, even from odd vantage points, count them up then try another similar item and see how you do from what you learned.
Digital cameras come with loads of different settings and something you can be like a kid in a sweet shop, eager to try them all. But the best way to get the hang of a particular setting is to limit yourself to it and only take photos with it for a trip, a session or even a day. Spend a whole session using that one setting or a focus length with the camera’s zoom. That way you will come to truly understand what works about the setting.
Auto mode is a great creation but can make us a bit lazy with our photos, allowing the camera to do all the work. Therefore, don’t allow yourself to use it for a series of photos and this can further learn you to see what modes work well in what environment. Try taking the same picture in various settings to see what worked best.
Go somewhere different
It is easy to fall into the habit of photographing the plants in your gardens or the landmarks in your town but to hone your skills you need to go further afield and try new locations. Whether this is a day trip or a full scale holiday, that’s up to you.
Photographic holidays are becoming quite popular with the Seamaid trip from Cro Exclusive Villas being one example. This offers a photographic holiday in Croatia and even the chance to try underwater photography. You can learn about seafaring and make use of the hundreds of photographic opportunities on the ship as well as the luxurious surrounding of the Adriatic Coast.
You don’t even need to go too far from home to practise your skills. A weekend to London, for example, has to offer one of the most varied urban landscapes to photograph. From the lush greenery of Hyde Park through to the historic landmarks and new cutting edge buildings, there are plenty of opportunities to try those new settings you are so familiar with.