“The eye should learn to listen before it looks.” – Robert Frank
These habits have worked well for me and countless people I have taught over the years. Hopefully they will help you too.
1. Laugh, relax and don't take yourself too seriously. Be curious, happy, easy going and open. This opens up your heart which opens up your creativity.
2. Read. Reading fiction in particular helps you to visualize. Visualization exercises make for better photographers.
3. Believe you're worthy of love, success, connection and empowerment. Self-esteem is a bigger part of successful photography than most people realize.
4. Stop, pay attention. Scrutinize your surroundings. Observe everything. Look at light, shape, form. Look at your world with a keen eye. See everything.
5. Be yourself. Don't concentrate on being like someone else. Don't try to be someone else. Don't try to be what you think you SHOULD be. Just be. That authenticity is what will set your photos apart from everyone else's photos.
6. Connect, network and spend time with other photographers. It doesn't matter whether you shoot together. Just spend time together. Cultivate that relationship. Friendships often breed creativity.
7. Give back. Be generous. Share your talents, time, wisdom, money, heart with those who are in need. This giving may or may not be related to photography. It doesn't matter. It will tune your inner self to be more empathetic which in turn will make you a better photographer.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Scott Bourne is President of US and Chinese Operations at Skylum Software (Makers of Luminar & Aurora HDR,) an Olympus Visionary, a professional wildlife photographer, author, lecturer and a signed Master Photographer at Studio of Masters, China who specializes in bird photography. He was one of the founders of This Week In Photo, founded Photofocus.com and is co-founder of the Photo Podcast Network.
Scott is a regular contributor to several photography related blogs and podcasts and his photography has appeared in more than 200 books and magazines. He is a trainer at both ThinkTapLearn and lynda.com, and is the author of 11 photography books.
Scott is available to speak to your birding group, photography group and for private bird photography workshops. For more information on engaging Scott as a speaker or workshop leader, or for image licensing and print information, e-mail email@example.com.