7 Skills Good Photographers Have That Anyone Can Copy

If you want to improve at something, one of the best ways to do so is to find masters of their craft and simply emulate them. But how do you know which things to copy and which to ignore? Here, you'll learn seven skills that good photographers have that you can easily add to your skill-set.

Have you heard of the 10,000-hour rule? It's a concept made famous by Malcolm Gladwell, in which he says that it takes 10,000 hours of intensive practice to achieve mastery of complex skills and materials, like playing the violin or getting as good as Bill Gates at computer programming. However, there's a little more to it than just doing something again and again for 10,000 hours: you need to have a good teacher along the way as well. Why? Because the teacher will show you what you're doing right and what you're doing wrong. After all, it makes little sense to continue doing something for 10,000 hours if your technique is horrible to begin with.

But what if you don't have an expert teacher or master craftsman you can call on to help you? Thankfully, we have the internet to help us these days, and in this great video brought to you by Nigel Danson, he runs us through seven skills that good photographers possess, and more importantly, that anyone can copy. The one that resonated most with me was "simplify your images." I think people often try to include so many elements in their frame that in the end, it all gets too busy and full of distractions. I love clean, simple images that make use of negative space. Give the video a look, and let me know your thoughts.

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Iain Stanley is an Associate Professor teaching photography and composition in Japan. Fstoppers is where he writes about photography, but he's also a 5x Top Writer on Medium, where he writes about his expat (mis)adventures in Japan and other things not related to photography. To view his writing, click the link above.

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Correction, Bill Gates was not good at computer programming.

And the day that Microsoft makes a product that does not suck is the day they enter the vacuum cleaner market.