Editor’s Note: This inspiring post from 2021 is just as applicable today as it was a couple of years ago!
9 Top Tips From For Taking Better Photos in 2023
Hi from England, and I hope that you are safe, well and warm wherever you are.
I don’t seem to have taken many photos in 2020. The global pandemic has not helped but doing other stuff has also restricted my opportunities in what has been an incredibly difficult year for all of us.
Time to look forward to better days I say. I have decided that 2021 is the year that I get back to taking more photos, both for my clients, my business and also for myself. And with that thought in mind I am going to be making a concerted effort to take better photos as well. And this leads me seamlessly into this post (blimey – it almost sounds like I know what I am doing here), which I am delighted to be writing for Scott’s website.
These are my own words, thoughts, and opinions based on well over 30 years of photographic experience.
Ok let’s get in to all this good stuff.
1. Get Out and Take Photos
Yep, this is my number one tip. The number one way for you and I to improve our photography is to get off our collective backsides, get off the sofa, computer, tablet, phone, TV or games thing and get out there and take photos.
And it is so good for our physical and mental wellbeing to get out and about. Sure, there are restrictions that are in place now, but they will be gone hopefully and in 2021 we can all get back to normal life.
I still love doing this.
I find this one thing exciting even now, after well over 30 years of practising and enjoying my photography – I still get a buzz from packing my (small – see later) camera bag knowing that I am off to explore somewhere new.
And fresh air is good for us of course.
It is all good.
There is no negative to going out taking photos, unless you spend all your time doing this and neglect your nearest and dearest that is. And I am not advocating that of course!
Or if you still use film which is not cheap these days!
You will feel better for getting out and about, refreshed and invigorated, and you never know you might have some great photos to enjoy forever and a day.
So, get out and take some great photos with me in 2021. Well not actually with me but you know what I mean.
Talking of which, this is me photographing the wonderful Durdle Door.
There is only one thing that I can guarantee though – if you do not get out and take photos you will not get any great new images.
2. Stop Looking at New Gear
I spent years doing this. I would buy some shiny new gear and use it and then be on the lookout for something else.
I even bought gear that I never actually used.
And do you know what – I spent more time looking at gear than I did taking photos.
And where did that get me?
Poorer and with cupboards full of stuff that I did not need. And my photography at a standstill.
Yep I did this for years. And then the penny dropped.
I was looking for something specific, and in looking for it I had to go plough through a whole heap of gear that I had either hardly used or not used at all.
The One-Year Rule
I put all this gear in a box (or three) and put that lot in the garage and invented the one-year rule.
And one year later the stuff was still there unused. I sold it all.
And unusually for me I learned from this lesson, and now only buy something if I specifically need it, or if I see something that will help me take better photos.
Ongoing Gear Lust
OK I’m not perfect – I have bought the odd thing that I did not need. But the real takeaway from this is that I do not look for gear any more – what I do is look for gear to fix a problem when a problem arises.
This is where I prove myself.
I am still using a Canon 6D Mk 1 – it took great photos in 2014 when I bought it and it still takes great photos in 2020. And will do so in 2021.
Which takes me nicely on to the next point…(more…)