5 Things You Should Focus On In 2016 To Improve Your Photography

At the end of every year I like to look back and see what I’ve accomplished. Not just what I’ve accomplished in general life, but photography. When I look back I always find myself wondering what I’m going to accomplish in the next year. It always seems like I’ve learned so much that there isn’t much left to learn! However, I always find new things to do that improve my photography. Here’s five things that I plan on doing this year. Maybe they could help you!

Shoot every day.

Practice makes perfect. It’s cool if you want to just stay inside and read my articles all day (I’d really appreciate that) and you’ll probably learn stuff from reading about photography, but at the end of the day you’re not going to learn much unless you actually practice it. To create amazing images you’re going to have to get out there and create them. Most of you have probably heard of the 10,000 hours rule. If not, it’s basically a rule that says after 10,000 hours of practicing anything you should be a master at it. If you’re ever going to get your 10,000 hours of photography in, you’re going to need to start shooting every day.

Try a new style.

Most photographers have their own style. This style can be the way they compose their images to the way they edit them. Challenge yourself to change your style this year. Recently I’ve changed my style and it’s opened my eyes like never before. I’m focusing on dark, minimalist, black and white photos. I’m seeing the world in a totally different way, I’m getting shots that I would’ve never seen before! It’s almost like I’m seeing twice as many images as I did before. I’m not only shooting stuff that fits my old style, but I’m also shooting stuff that fits the new style.

Study other forms of art.

Recently I’ve been studying a lot of art. Music, paintings, and other photographer’s work. Other than the music, it’s all visual art. All of this has affected my photography and the way I look at an image. The more I study art, the more my appreciation for art grows, especially visual art. I’m absolutely fascinated by how people perceive things as “beautiful.” Faces, inanimate objects, abstract art- I try to understand what makes something appeal to the eye. I believe this has greatly improved my photography.

Meet new photographers.

This year I met a lot of great photographers through local instameets in my city. I’ve also found photography clubs that get together every month for a photo-walk. Meeting new photographers is a great way to learn more about photography. If you’re a beginner photographer I’d highly recommended you go to some kind of meet-up. It’s a great way to learn, and even if you’re a more experienced photographer you can still learn a lot. Being able to see how other photographers work and ask questions in person is one of the best ways to learn. It’s also fun to hang out with people that have similar interests!

Slow down.

The absolute biggest mistake I’ve made this year is moving to fast on portrait shoots. I always have these cool shots envisioned in my head but when it comes time to the actual photo shoot I always get distracted or sidetracked. I always get good images, but I always miss ones I had thought about before. For all the portrait shoots I do in 2016 I plan on stopping half way through the shoot just to gather my thoughts and make sure I’m getting the images I want to get. This probably wouldn’t be a bad idea for any of the photo shoots I do.

Well, that’s what I plan on doing this year. I can’t wait for the end of 2016 so I can look back and see if I actually accomplished any of these Got some things that you’re going to try to improve on this year? Leave a response below! I’d love to hear what you’ll be working on this year.


Got some things that you’re going to try to improve on this year? Leave a response below! I’d love to hear what you’ll be working on.