Photographers are constantly searching for ways to improve their imagery, and in this short video, landscape photographer James Popsys puts together five great tips (four plus a bonus tip) to help you think about your workflow and motivation, and how to avoid certain pitfalls.
Perhaps my favorite from Popsys’ list is his suggestion to spend more time editing your images. As he notes, presets can be a good way to get started but they shouldn’t be a solution, and obviously, there's much to add to this. Personally, I know that I’ve learned a huge amount from sitting and playing endlessly with images, one of the luxuries of being a lazy student at the time I first picked up a camera. While some photographers hate any time spent in front of the computer, I’m fortunate that it’s something that I love. Playing with crops has taught me a huge amount about different ways to frame an image, inadvertently analyzing how the negative space around a portrait can change how that person is portrayed or seeing how subtle changes to the composition of a landscape or architectural shot can shift your sense of how an image sits with you in terms of its balance. Through osmosis, this understanding of framing is then subconsciously transferred to when I'm holding a camera, perhaps allowing me to make stronger compositions as a result of all of those hours spent in Lightroom.
In addition to this, I think I learned a huge amount from making endless mistakes, and no doubt I have lots more to learn. All of those moments when something wasn’t quite right might be frustrating, but they’ve helped to shape the photographer I am today, and I look forward to making a lot more mistakes in the future.
Of course, this list isn’t exhaustive so if you have your own thoughts that tie in with Popsys’ suggestions, please leave them in the comments below.