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With the wealth of articles about how to improve your photography skills across the internet, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Especially when the skills all seem to build upon each, so if you don’t understand one, then it seems impossible to understand anything else. I get it. I remember feeling that way and, honestly, still sometimes feel that way depending on what Google rabbit hole I’ve most recently fallen down.
Can I let you in a secret?
While it is great to understand the fancy camera settings or post processing procedures, the true trick to improve your photography skills doesn’t lie in either of those buckets of knowledge. Those are simply extras. The true trick to getting better, consistent photos lies in the decisions made before you ever hear the click of a shutter.
Below find the three ways you can improve your photography skills before you even take the picture.
Having consistent lighting situations on location is one of the easiest ways to make your photos look more consistent overall, no post-processing required! This blog post will explain what open shade is, how to find it, and why it is the key to getting consistent looking photos at every shoot.
Learn more here – How Open Shade will Revolutionize Your Photos
While my above blog post will teach you how to find open shade at any time of day, you can increase your chances of finding it (and just generally having excellent light) by shooting during the optimum times of day. This blog post will explain what times are best, why the light is so good then, and how to schedule your shoot so you have enough time to fit everything in and get the good light.
Learn more here – The Best Time to Take Photos
So you’ve figured out what time of day is best to shoot and know how to find the best lighting on location, how do you then make sure that you get the most content out of your shoot? My shooting system will make sure that you not only get a good amount of content, but that it is varied enough so you can use it over and over again without looking like you’re simply posting the same photo!
Learn more here – My 3 Step System to Triple Your Content Output
While these skills might not seem as exciting or fun as learning a new piece of software or technology, I promise that these foundational skills will continue to serve you over and over. Taking more consistent photos will ensure less work and better results in the long run!
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Hi, I'm Dylan, a photographer in the Philadelphia Metro Area. I love iced coffee, red wine, and am always up for binging Gilmore Girls or Parks and Rec..