Step 3: Take a photograph - every day
After you have read a page in your manual and then practiced it, go out and take a picture of something – anything. It doesn’t matter what your subject is. Its only important to go make a photograph. (Handling your camera every single day is important if you want to stay focused (pun intended) and if you want the camera to become like an extension of your mind.)
Step 4: Look at lots of published photographs
Go online or to a bookstore or to a library and look at lots of published photographs. Don’t just glance at them. Carefully look at each one and determine what you do or don’t like about the image. Think about what the photographer was going for. Ask yourself where the light is coming from. Try to figure out how you might duplicate the effort. (Professional writers always tell me that the best way to become a better writer is to read. That goes for photographers too. If you want to become a better photographer, look at lots of photographs.)
Congratulations! You have now been exposed to the four simple things you need to accomplish in order to become the best photographer you can be.
I hope that you will give this a try. Its something every photographer can do and it won’t cost you a dime. If you doubt that these exercises will make much of a difference in your photography, just give it a chance. Most people see results in just a matter of weeks.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Scott Bourne is a member of The Board Of Advisors at Macphun, an Olympus Visionary and a professional wildlife photographer, author and lecturer who specializes in birds. He was one of the founders of This Week In Photo, Founded Photofocus.com and is co-founder of the new Photo Podcast Network (photopodcasts.com.)
Scott is a regular contributor to several photography related blogs and podcasts and is the author of 11 photography books.
Scott is available to speak to your birding group, photography group and for both private and small group bird photography workshops. For more information on engaging Scott as a speaker or workshop leader, or for image licensing and print information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.