The steps in this article will not power-up your photographic prowess overnight. After reading this you will not be able to strut onto Flickr with sinewy photo biceps and washboard photo abs tomorrow. However, these suggestions are meant to help you become such a photo beast in the long term. Results vary, side effects may include twitchy fingers and bleary eyes.
STEP 1: Shoot the Lights Out
You heard me. Shoot until you have no more battery left, until the sun goes down, and/or until they kick you out. Then, go home, get your spare memory cards and double espresso and shoot some more. The best way to get good at taking photos, is to take photos. Shoot every angle, take risks, get creative and even experiment. If you don’t try, you’ll never know. However, this approach does little good unless you…
STEP 2: Critically Review your Shots
After you’ve reached your creative photo limit, take time to look at them. I can attest that the review process usually has embarrassing and painful moments. Sometimes I only have 2% or less that I’m happy with. I suggest checking your pride at the door and being honest. Pick out the best and worst shots and study them. I even write notes (or articles). In doing this, next time you’ll remember what looks good and avoid wasting card space on lack-luster compositions. By examining your shots critically, you turn hindsight into an ally and sharpen your photographic eye.
These two steps are simple, yet commonly not practiced to their full potential. If you shoot a lot and then learn from your experience you will steadily capture more satisfying photographs.