Every photographer I’ve ever talked to wants to take better photos. We read blogs and books, attend seminars and trade shows, and seek constructive criticism of our work. These are valuable pursuits to becoming better at our craft, but they tend to distract us from a simple way to get better at what we do: a little extra time with our cameras.
Try this: after every photo session, when you think you’ve gotten “the one,” take an extra two minutes to see if you can make it even better. Get a little closer or little farther away. Try a different angle or lens. Get below or above the subject. Put the light/sun behind the subject. Change exposure.
Two minutes. One hundred and twenty seconds. With this little chunk of extra time as a regular habit in your photography, I’m pretty sure you’ll discover that your photos are getting better.
We’d love to see your “The One” and “The BETTER One” examples! Tag #nwfap on Instagram or post to our Facebook page.
Below is a two to three minute progression of photos I took at the 2015 Washington State Fair that I hope illustrates the benefits of investing an extra two minutes of time and leading to a better photo.