5 Tips to Photograph Like a Pro

November 01, 2016  •  1 Comment

Tim Layton With 8x10 Large Format CameraTim Layton With 8x10 Large Format Camera The tips that I will be sharing today have absolutely nothing to do with cameras or gear.  The most common mistake that I see new photographers make is focusing on the camera as opposed to their subjects.  

1 - Understand that a camera is a tool and getting a more expensive one won’t make you a better photographer
2 - Persistence - I frequently have to visit a landscape many times to ultimately create the exposure and print that I know best communicates the unique characteristics and/or messages from the landscapes. 
3 - Study and understand the weather - everyone thinks they know the weather, but very few photographers know the important details. 
4 - Be patient - in the modern world that produces more photos in a single day than was previously created in the 19th century, patience can be challenging.  I often say that patience is my secret weapon.  
5 - Research and know your favorite subjects intimately.  By knowing the details and nuances, you are making one of the best investments in your photography that is possible.

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HW Kateley(non-registered)
I agree with all these points. To #1 I'd add that sometimes you need the right camera to get the kind of photographs you want or to fit the use or user. I would not a take a disposable to take landscapes (if I had a choice) or hand a 5 year old a canon 5d mk4. It's interesting as well what you can learn by shooting different kinds of cameras. I actually think you can take this a step farther, I see folks who buy too much camera too soon and become discouraged. Used gear. either film or digital can be a great way to find what works for you without totally breaking the bank.
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