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5 tips to improve

5 tips to improve your photography quickly

I have lost count of the amount of times I have heard, when asked are you going to sign up for a course or workshop the reply is, I want to go out alone and get more practice first.  On first glance that may seem a reasonable and possibly even sensible thing to think and say.

But, the amount of times I have then subsequently heard when asked, how is the practice going, the answer comes back.  I haven’t been able to get out much or do much since coming on your course.

Unfortunately that’s the inevitable consequence for most people who have good intentions but very little to prevent the distractions and many calls on their time and it’s usually their photography that comes off second or third best in the list of leisure priorities.

Whilst going out alone with your camera is a great thing and actually is one of the great benefits of having a camera and photography as a hobby is you don’t need a playing partner, a specific location or even time of day to attend and is there no cost once you have the gear you need.  

If you want to make sure you do improve then there is no shortcut and it requires practice and lots of it on a repetitive basis.

Here are my top 5 tips to improve your photography quickly

1.  Plan time in your diary to go out and take photos and do your editing in the same way would do if joining a club, association or other interest. 

Make it a regular day, evening event every week, fortnight, month or whatever time you can commit to and stick to it.

2.  Find someone else also interested in photography to go out with – this will have a number of benefits.

  • You will be more committed to the arrangement as won’t want to let the other down
  • You can share travel and explore new places together for the first time and build your repertoire of places to try.  See my blog post on locations in the West Midlands and Warwickshire for some initial ideas. photographic locations
  • You can bounce ideas, photos off each other and ask each other for help on camera settings and techniques
  • Learning with others is always more fun than doing it solo
  • There is a Photography Meetup Group that is run by my customers (past and present) and has many free events held regularly:  CLICK HERE

3.  Give yourself a project to work on, it can be a single topic, location, idea or story. 

  • Plan your ideas out and go out and shoot with a specific intention and goal in mind. 
  • You can also sign up for my Online Monthly Mentoring Program – so wherever your are based you can still join in with others shooting a specific genre, idea each month, receive my feedback on your images and see the work of other students. CLICK HERE

4.  Consider joining an online photo community to post your photos, get inspiration from others images and improve your own eye and ability to create a standard of work that you are proud to showcase:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/alanrangerphotographyforum/

5.  Talk to Alan about what courses, workshops and events would suit your photography development. 

  • We can plan these to be timed and suited to your preferred method of learning and on the areas where you will get the most benefit. 
  • The cost of a tailored tuition package can be spread over monthly or quarterly payment, interest free, to make it more affordable and accessible for you. 
  • Having the support and input of a qualified professional photographer will really accelerate your learning and development so don’t hesitate to get in touch and start looking forward to some great photography tuition events.