Thursday, January 31, 2013

Become a Better Photographer in 2013

A couple of weeks ago I watched the Youtube Video by Scott Kelby-Become a Better Photographer in 2013 

 His five main points were:
  1. Define what type of photographer you want to be.
  2. Study great photographers
  3. Take courses, read books, 365 will not make you a better photographer.
  4. Portfolio of best work-24 images of each genre. Could do on Google plus, Square Space for displaying or 500px. Each time you add one you must take one off.
  5. Learn to take sharp photos and sharpen in photo shop
Do what it takes to get the shots you need.

A few days later I watched another video by Scott, Crush the Composition. One point that stuck with me was; study photographs you like and write down what you like to find patterns and what to d o with your own photographs. This will fit in well with point #2 above.  

So, starting with point 1 tonight. What type of photographer do I want to be.

Hmm, well my first love is macro with a particular emphasis on nature. When it comes to flowers I want to focus more on showing the beauty of them past their prime. Running a close second is nature-birds, waterfalls all the typical things.

I want to try being a baby/child photographer. This will be my biggest learning curve beginning this year.

I have to admit I enjoyed taking the enjoyed taking engagement photos of my son and future daughter in law. It was a family affair. I might add that someday down the road but I have no interest in weddings and most people might want the same person. So maybe senior portraits might be a fun addition some day. 

I also want to be a photographer for teachers/students. I want to continue putting my photos out there with a CC license that allows others to use my work free of charge. 

Volunteering my photography skills is also an important part of who I am as a photographer. Currently I do photography for my school, Habitat for Humanity, The Ride for Missing Children and Help Portrait.

So, when I start setting up a portfolio I will include; macro, nature, kids, and maybe some shots from volunteer work. 

Now, onto step 2. I need some help on this one. Who are your favorite photographers?? Please share. I think I'll begin by going to 500px and browsing there.

Oh, by the way. I found his comment about 365 projects not making you a better photographer very liberating. I loved it the two years I was really into it and I would argue that it did make me a better photographer because I was shooting everyday and I cared about what I posted. But now my interest isn't there and I'm going to quit trying to force it. :)

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