Photography is about light, so choosing the best light of the day to shoot in will add a thick layer of magic to your images. Golden hour refers to the hour before sunset, and the hour after sunrise. Head outside today with your camera at either one of those times, and just shoot, shoot, shoot. You’ll be amazed at how the light brings your photos alive!
2. Use the four-corner composition trick
You can easily see things in a new way, and explore new compositional ideas with The Four Corner Composition Trick. It’s easy peasy. With your camera up to your eye, put your subject in each of the four corners of the frame, one by one (you can also put the subject dead center if you’re feeling fancy). This will help you to break any habits that you may have, and instantly helps you find more creative ways to frame your shots.
3. Shoot a roll of film
One of the most valuable things about shooting film is that is has built-in limits. You get 24 (or 36) exposures, and that’s it. This forces you to slow down, and think carefully about each and every shot you take. So grab yourself a film camera, go for a stroll, and see what you create!
If you don’t have a film camera, then use a digital camera, but limit yourself to 24 shots. You can even cover up the LCD so you can’t peek at your results until you get home.
4. Teach someone else photography
It’s pretty incredible how the act of explaining a concept to someone else can instantly clarify it in your own mind. Plus, sharing your love of photography also gives you a massive dose of inspiration and energy! Find a friend or family member interested in photography, and sit down and give them a lesson! They’ll probably ask you some great questions that get your mind working too!
5. Try new equipment
Want to shoot like the pros but don't want to blow hundreds if not thousands of dollars on equipment? Try renting equipment through Lendr, an online rental platform which allows you to sort through various types of rental equipment based on price and location. That way, you can get your hands on some amazing new lenses without breaking the bank.
6. Watch a documentary
Your photography is a visual representation of how you see the world, and changing what you think is a great way to change up what you shoot! One of the quickest ways to do that is to watch a documentary. Not only will you learn something interesting, but chances are you will see and think about things in a new way. Sometimes you also get the added bonus of amazing cinematography to get you visually inspired!
7. Look at your old photos
The final tip is to take some time to sit, and study your old images. This will help you out in a bunch of ways. It will get you inspired and excited about photography, and remind you just why you are a photographer. Getting in touch with your motivations is critical to improvement!
It will also let you determine what your strengths and weaknesses are as a shooter. Figuring out what you need to get better at helps focus your learning, and gives you a clear direction for your practice!