Hello! My name is Chelsey and I blog and play over at The Paper Mama! Thank you SO much to Michelle for inviting me over to hang out and play on her blog for the day! Even though I’m VERY jealous of her vacation…. 😉
So, since Michelle is a photography lover… like myself… I really wanted to talk about a question I get VERY often: How do I get good at photography?
First off… I’m not a pro (I always feel like I need to put that out there). I’m pretty much self taught and still have a ton and a million more things to learn about photography! BUT, my photography skill has changed and grown a TON in this past year (I bought my DSLR in August 2010).
How do you grow and improve your photography skills? The answer is simply: practice. That is it! Practice! I’ll list out things I do to practice and improve:
– Take your camera out of auto and only keep in manual. Seriously. It will be hard at first… but, you’ll figure it out! Read that manual thingy that came with your camera too. 😉
– Google any questions about a certain photography technique you may have… so many tutorials out there! And, don’t be embarrassed to Google, “What is an f-stop?” I know I did. There are answers to almost all your questions if you search for them.
– Take a photo everyday. Why not? If it’s your passion… this will come easily for you. I’ve been doing a 365 photo a day challenge this year. Of course there have been a few days I just did NOT feel like pulling out my camera… those were the days I took a cell phone photo too. 😉
– Try not to use that flash. I know… sometimes you have to (darn) but, try not to use it. ESPECIALLY if it’s daytime and you have natural light to work with.
– Take an online class. I started with the online class from Simplicity. But, I also recommend the free series: 31 Days to a Better Photo. It’s pretty neat.
– Bring your camera with you… you’ll never get any practice without it!
– Ask your photography blogger friends questions! That always helps.
– I love these to Go Manual blog posts that my friends posted on my photography blog, Paper Heart Camera. Go Manual or Go Home and Knowing Your Camera.
– And again: Practice. Practice practice practice!
And, that’s it! That’s how I’ve been teaching myself! I really hope this inspires you to switch out of auto and stick to manual AND practice. 🙂 Thanks again for having me! And, I’d love to have you if you’d ever like to visit my blog home. Bye!