As people interested in photography or professionals trying to enhance our skills for business reasons, there are many ways that we can go about learning photography; this article looks at ten easy but sometimes overlooked ways to enhance our skills.
Photography is an art-form. It takes practice, skill, and an eye for the unexpected. Not all people will take the time to study a landscape, wildlife, building, or other subject to find the hidden depth within, but when they do often they will find great meaning in the photo they take. Photographers spend their lives looking for new and different ways to shoot a subject. Digital photography is just one new way of taking a picture. There are many advantages for working with digital photography.
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1. Attend a workshop
Workshops are a great way to learn about photography, they are usually very informative and thought by experts in the field. The only downside is that they usually only happen in certain locations which might be somewhat far away.
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2. Read a book
Books are a good way to learn photography because they are usually very specific but yet educational. One book that I suggest you check out is “Visual Poetry” by Chris Orwig.
3. Sign up for Lynda.com
Lynda.com is a software subscription service starting at $25 a month, they have many video tutorials on photography and other creative fields. Some of their courses are on topics like Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4. Chris Orwig who I mentioned earlier, is an instructor at Lynda.com.
4. Join NAPP
NAPP stands for The National Association Of Photoshop Professionals, it was started and led by Scott Kelby an industry leader in photography. Some of the benefits of joining NAPP are Photoshop User Magazine, a magazine for Photoshop Users, free tutorials, a user forum, and discounts on photography products. The price is $99 per year.
5. Read blogs
Blogs are another great way to learn photography. They generally have post about various things to do with the subject, like information about new gear, inspiration, how to use your camera, and more. Some blogs that I like are envato.com, scottkelby.com, and chasejarvis.com.
6. Learn Photoshop
Learning Photoshop can greatly improve your skills in photography, because it will allow you to become good at photo editing which can lead to many creative possibilities.
7. Visit 500px.com
500px.com is one of the leading photography social networks on the web, just by visiting their home page you can pick up a lot of photography inspiration.
8. Watch photography videos on YouTube
YouTube has lots of videos on photography and even some of the top photographers in the industry make videos on the site. You can find videos from guides about specific cameras, to how to do strobing photography.
9. Watch a photography podcast
Podcast are usually weekly shows around twenty minutes to over and hour, about various subjects. Some of the photography related podcasts that I like are, Photoshop user and dtown.
10. Go to Photoshop World
Hosted by NAPP, Photoshop World is the convention for Photoshop users, the conference includes various workshops from leading photographers in the industry like Scott Kelby, Dave Cross, and Pete Collins just to name a few. Note, you have to pay for Photoshop World if you want to attend the workshop and it happens bi annually, once on the west cost and once on the east.
If you put these ten steps into action, I am sure that your photography skills will be improved in no time.
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