5 Do’s and Don’ts of Photography for Art Lovers
Photography has traveled through many years and overcame many developments, met lots of innovations and welcomed thousands of people that discovered photography is their calling. This path led the world of conventional and digital photography to this day when people think anyone can become a photographer. And while technology has made it almost truly possible, there are still some subtleties that you need to know if you are on that highway to visual arts.
I’ve carefully selected the most important do’s and don’ts of photography and whether you are a beginner or at an advanced level, I believe you will find the essence of what you should focus on as a photographer.
- Wasting time instead of spending it on education and tutorials from masters.
With the development of the digital world we now live in, it’s getting easier and more and more accessible to find any information online. People mistake the free articles and videos for the ultimate guide they can get in order to be good at what they do. They get misled to think that they can trust the basics these videos provide. And while I don’t want to underestimate what all of you can find as free guidance online, I still want to advise you to not limit yourself on learning from credible tutorials.
Instead of spending time trying to learn for yourself things that can only be known from the secret deep know-how professionals share, make sure to invest in yourself. If you have new photography tools that you are not sure how to use or you have problems reaching your goals in Photoshop, you should not hesitate, and spend your time learning from those who were once in your shoes.
And the ultimate guide I can provide, you can now find within my online Photoshop courses. They are divided by the level you are at and I can safely promise you will spend your time more productively if you choose to trust me while together we work over your potential. Learn more here.
- Being afraid of editing instead of experimenting with Photoshop and Photography
Not being brave enough never worked well for anyone. As Malcolm Gladwell reveals in “Outliers: The Story of Success”, no one was born a genius. All masters we know from history are just people that spend enough time crafting their minds. No one becomes great in one night, it takes time, effort, motivation, and hard work. And among that, there is no place for fear of the unknown.
Quite the opposite, experimenting is the key to great photography success. Don’t hold back on settings, editing, style, accessories, camera, and retouching photos thoroughly. Photoshop is a wide world to dive into and only by trying new and different approaches in editing, you can find your own vision of how you want photos to look. You’ll find your own signature in Photoshop and that’s definitely a “do” in photography.
- Comparing too much to others instead of focusing on your skillset
Comparing to others? A hard “don’t”. When you spend time looking at the competition and how they are doing things, you lose your own focus on the work you should be doing. As the saying goes “be so busy working on your own grass, that you don’t have time to notice if the others’ is any greener”. Of course, learning about the competitors in your line of work is part of the process of knowing which strengths you should rely more on upon, but don’t overdo it.
Instead, try comparing yourself to who you were yesterday. How is your work changing, is it getting better, are you being braver in photo retouching, can you see a difference in your work from last year, last month, or last week? Because only when you notice yourself improving, you’ll know you’re on the right way to becoming the best version of yourself. Not only in Photography, but in life in general.
- Staying in your safe zone instead of exploring
We know the safe zone so well. It brings us comfort, security, and assurance in some way. And we all love it, don’t we? But the truth is, nothing changes when we stay there. That’s why the greatest advice I could ever give you, is – take risks. Push yourself, fail a few times, learn from your own mistakes, and then start again.
Fear will always be part of us – whether it’s fear of failure or fear of not being good enough. And you are the only one that can change the course of events. Explore, learn, and try. Every day. That’s’ how ideas are created. That’s how you find your muse and become better.
- Оverdoing or rushing instead of spending your time qualitatively
Art is a thin ice to walk on. You should proceed carefully. What many photographers do is get pushed too much by clients to send retouched photos and they rush the process. Or the opposite, they take too much time to work through every single little detail and lose the sight of art at its best. These two common mistakes are often neglected while they should be really considered.
Your time is your most powerful strength. And you should use it cautiously for the best of it. When it comes to Photoshop and photo editing, all professionals need different time frames and so do you. Don’t let people rule over your own time. Instead, plan your work, plan your day, plan your time. Think of it as a part of your work. If you spend 12 hours a day but not do anything productively, you are simply wasting your time. And if you fully take advantage of it – you will soon be a master of your own self. So, watch online Photoshop tutorials, learn new tips from experts, read, educate yourself every day with the newest trends, explore different ways of doing your work, and spend it qualitatively over becoming a great photographer
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