A Simple Tip to Improve Your Photography

Need some digital photography ideas to help you improve your photography when you start feeling stuck? I just started doing this simple exercise to help me improve my pictures. I’ve found it so valuable that I’ve decided to share it with you.

Recently, I’ve been feeling a bit frustrated with my photography. Have you ever felt like that? I’m sure you have at some point. Most of us have had difficulties in the past. Whether you just can’t seem to get the lighting or composition quite right or you can’t quite figure out camera settings it can be frustrating. Sometimes it is just a matter of feeling inspired.

That frustrated feeling can be part of learning. As you knock up against what you see at the time as an obstacle you approach another level of photographic ability. Once you get over that hump you’ll come out the other side a better photographer.

Recently, I’ve been feeling like my pictures aren’t quite coming out like I want so I’ve decided to give myself a little assignment. I told you before that giving yourself an assignment can help keep you inspired and learning when it comes to photography.

My assignment is to take a still life picture everyday using a two light setup and a solid background. There are some basic things that I want to get together with my photography that I think focusing on this type of basic set up will really help me with. Sometimes stripping everything back and starting again from the basics will really help you see what you need to improve upon.

My challenge to you is to do the same. If you are feeling uninspired and just dissatisfied with your pictures these days, try giving yourself a similar assignment. This is a good assignment because it doesn’t require much equipment at all. For the background, I simply tape a piece of paper to the wall to give the look of a seamless backdrop. I’m using two small lamps as my lights and experimenting with their positions.

You don’t need fancy studio lighting to do this. Some adjustable desk lamps will work just fine. Start out using one light as a key light shining down on your object from an angle and the other light can be used to illuminate the background. This helps separate your subject from the background. You don’t have to keep the two lights in these positions though. Move them around and see what other lighting effects you can get using these two simple lights.

You can photograph anything you happen to have around your house–fruits and vegetables, books, jewellery, anything. The options are limitless. See if you can make an everyday ordinary object look very interesting and extraordinary. That can be a worthy challenge.

As with any assignment you give yourself to improve your photography, have fun with it. Yeah you’re doing it to get better, but for goodness sake don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get it right the first time or even the tenth time. Photography should be fun. Have a good time and keep practicing and learning. The skills will come with time and practice.