No one becomes a great photographer overnight, it takes practice. Depending on what your end photography goals are, there are many different ways to practice. Here are a few ways to sharpen your basic photography skills.
First thing you need to do is look at the equipment you have. No, you don’t have to go out and buy an expensive camera. Whatever camera you have at home, including your phone camera, is perfect to start practicing on. You’ll need to learn the different controls and settings on your camera. Practice shooting on the camera to determine your preferred presets.
It can be tempting to jump straight in and ask your friends to do a photo shoot. It’s best to start with still life photography. By doing still life, you can experiment with different lighting options and camera settings without worrying about wasting someone else’s time. Still life won’t be upset at an “unflattering angle”, can be moved around at will, and can be on your person at anytime for practice.
Once you’ve gotten comfortable using the camera, adjusting the controls, and shooting still life, you can grab a few friends and have a photo shoot. You can practice different angles and locations with some friends. Their feedback and requests can help you improve and practice for future talent.
The most important thing that will help you sharpen your photography skills is lots of practice! You aren’t going to become a perfect photographer overnight. Don’t rush the process and practice as much as you can. What would you practice on?