In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and her friends embark on a magical journey to the Wizard of Oz, searching for qualities they thought they lacked. As it turns out, they had them all along.
This weekend, photographers will journey to a big camera show in New York City and camera stores all around the world, searching for abilities they think the lack. Just like the crew searching for Oz, many of the photographers already have the potential they seek.
If you want to improve your images, you don't need the magical powers of new cameras or lenses.
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Here are 10 ways to improve your photography with the gear you already own.
1 - Make important decisions earlier.
You don’t have to wait for the action to start to choose your settings.
2 - Keep looking.
With or without your camera, keep looking. Train yourself to see beyond the obvious.
3 - Choose better subjects.
Not everything makes a good subject. You want a subject that is clear and unmistakable. You also want to choose a subject that is interesting.
4 - Get even closer.
We know we should get close. Get even closer.
5 - Keep subtracting.
To get better images, simplify. Keep subtracting until the only thing left is what is absolutely necessary.
6 - Shoot the action, don’t watch it.
If you are looking at it, you aren’t shooting.
7 - Review later, shoot now.
One you have made your exposure and creative decisions, keep shooting during the action. You don’t have to review every image.
8 - Find another point of view.
Remember our axiom, the first place is the worst place. Your best photograph won't be in the first place you shoot. Look for at least three to six other locations for creative angles.
9 - Shoot more photos.
Project 365 gets you more experience than a Project 52. Find more opportunities to shoot.
10 - Take the crappy shot.
Don’t shy away from a crappy shot. Challenge yourself to take it and improve it.