Five Reasons You Might Not Be Improving as a Photographer

Photography can often be a solitary pursuit, and as such, it might be hard to know what to do when you feel like you are stuck in a rut and unable to improve. If you feel like you are currently in such a place with your work, this helpful video discusses five reasons why your photography might not be improving.

Coming to you from Saurav Sinha, this great video discusses five reasons why your photography work might not be improving despite your efforts. Of the tips, the most salient for me was not pushing yourself outside your comfort zone often enough. It is certainly easy to fall into shooting the same subject matter in the same style over and over; after all, we all have preferences and manners of working. But if you never experiment or try something outside your comfort zone, not only are you unlikely to expand your creative palette, you are unlikely to challenge your technique and thus, to improve. Even if you do not enjoy such creative expeditions, simply pushing yourself a bit will improve your technique, something that you can then apply to shooting the things you enjoy. Check out the video above for more. 

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Tom Beckman's picture

I think that on his first point it should go further than saying practice. I think a better way to describe it would be intentional practice. It's not just about going and shooting whatever. It's about really thinking out the shoot. Organizing what is going to be happening during the shoot. Over coming random challenges that come with an organized shoot of some kind.
I'm not really a portrait photographer but I found when I started doing less random planned portrait shoots I started really feling the confidence building. I think the reason for that was being force to figure out situations that randomly happen when you actually plan something. Very rarely does a plan play out the way you think it will. Being forced to get it back on track will help you be ready when it actually counts.
Just my thoughts but i think that can help people.

Robert Montgomery's picture

I liked the presentation. I would have included having a good grasp on the fundamentals at the time of exposure . You can not build a good house on a weak foundation . And to always keep learning . No matter what your skill level is .