Not all the methods for improving your photography skills involve using a gadget or working with software tools. Some of the most important methods are in your mind. Beyond the mechanics of setting a shutter speed or transferring a file is your power to communicate. Through the process of taking pictures and sharing them with other people you’re revealing a desire to express the individual creativity of your point-of-view. You’ll become even more effective at implementing this process through practice. As you learn more about photographic techniques your skill in photography will increase along with your pleasure.
When taking a photo learn to ask yourself questions such as:
- What mood am I trying to convey?
- Am I trying to make a journalistic point?
- Does this composition communicate to my intended audience?
- Does my composition have the capacity to capture interest out of a casual glance?
- Does my composition lead the eye (or the mind’s eye) to a place where I can engage the viewer?
- Will my composition repel the viewer and short circuit my effort to make a visual impression?
- Am I including all the picture elements necessary for the viewer to understand what the picture is about?
- Is my photo entertaining, informative or humorous?
These are my examples of questions that you can devise to help you take pictures that are more interesting and that communicate your message.