We all want to get better. Here are three quick steps to help you get on your way this weekend.
Most of us have to fit photography obsession around a day job. That means that the weekend is prime time for both taking photographs and improving on our craft. However, with such a tight window to play in, the learning is often overlooked and replaced with doing. My sports coach (I cycled, wore lyrca, and shaved my legs) always said Piss Poor Practice Produces Piss Poor Performance. This is true of almost anything and something that should certainly be applied to photography. Taking more photographs won't make you a better photographer. Specificity is the key. So why not try these simple tips.
This seems so obvious, but how many of us have our goals written down and hold ourselves accountable to them? Whenever I need to improve, I set clear goals with measurable outcomes and a timeframe. Having this written down on paper really helps me work toward the improvement.
Leave Your Camera at Home
In order to really excel at anything, you need to read outside of the subject. Knowing everything about still photography won't make you stand out. It is the ability to draw from other resources that will make the difference. So why not leave your camera at home and head out to an exhibition or to see a film at your local cinema. Time out is always good. Maybe you will find the new inspiration that has been out of reach for the past few months.
Buy a New Camera or Lens
I don’t believe that new cameras and lenses make your photography better, but I do think that a new bit of kit can really up your enthusiasm for taking better photographs. You probably won't be able to go and splurge $1,000 on a new lens for a jolly, but maybe skip a night out on the beers and spend the money you saved on renting an interesting tilt shift lens for the weekend. Try something outside of your comfort zone.
What would be your three tips to improve your photography over a weekend?