How to Improve as a Photographer Without Spending a Dime

You can easily spend a lot of money quite quickly trying to improve your photography, and often, that new lens of camera body will not do anything to the actual quality of your output. Instead of opening your wallet, it might be a simply change of philosophy that will make the difference.

Coming to you from First Man Photography, this excellent video essay discusses the importance of stepping outside your comfort zone as a photographer. It can be extremely easy to fall into the habit of using the same settings, the same editing styles, etc. For example, one very common instance of this is only shooting portraits with a very shallow depth of field. No doubt, there is a reason this is such a popular look, as it offers a great way to easily isolate your subject and draw the viewer's eye directly toward them, but it can be a rather monotonous look if you never deviate from it, plus you are missing out on the chance to embrace more interesting and nuanced compositions that tell more of a story about your subject. No matter the genre(s) you shoot, take a moment to consider how you might push yourself out of your comfort zone. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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