Pardon me for interrupting the flood of tech - equipment type posts. I would like to ask those of you who are seasoned photographers a question about PICTURES (not cameras) for a change.
I am an amateur photographer (as a hobby) for about 14 months now. I started out right at the bottom coming from simple p&s pics at a birthday party - and I'm trying to improve my skills.
Can you suggest some tips on how to advance my composition skills ?
Educate yourself on what makes a photograph successful.
There are hundreds of good photography books published in
just the last 20 years about the basics of photography,
including composition and other related topics.
Study the photographs in books and magazines that feature
a lot of photos and try to imitate the ones that you like.
The camera shops in your area will offer seminars on photography
as will photography schools. See about attending one of them.
Join a photography club and take advantage of the experience
and knowledge of other members. If you attend a few meetings
you'll find someone who will go out and spend the day with you
shooting photos and help you improve your photography.
There are several excellent websites that provide a forum for
members to submit their photos for critical evaluations, such aswww.fredmiranda.com
is another great website.
You can search by photo type, like portraits, landscape or action,
by equipment used, or by subject, such as children, birthdays,
soccer, etc. You'll find lots of photos, good and not so good, to
study. Some of them will have comments that you may find useful.
It's already been said, but probably the most important aspect to
improving your photography is practice, practice, practice.
Personally, the method I use to improve my photography is to
envision an image that I want to create and then just work on that
one image until I get something that I'm happy with. Sometimes I'll
work on improving a photo I've already shot that I know I can do
better, or try to "imitate" a photo that I love that was shot by
someone else or add a twist to it.
Almost all the photos that I love were shot by someone else, which
motivates me to be a better photographer through education and practice.