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7 Hacks to Becoming a Photography Expert

7 Hacks to Becoming a Photography Expert

Whether you are a novice or a seasoned photographer, there is a definite need to brush up on your photography skills. As a novice or someone who just enjoys photography as a hobby, you’ll take better images of your work, and if you are a professional photographer, clients will appreciate your work more. Where do you begin the journey of honing your photography skills?

This guide will impress upon you the basic mindset and shooting skills everything photographer needs. Here are 7 hacks to becoming a photography expert:

1. Be ready to learn

Someone aptly said that the day you stop learning is the day you stop growing. Yet, there are numerous photographers who feel that they are on top of their game and can’t learn any more from their peers. The fact is that there is always something new to learn and it is actually wise to always think of yourself as a novice. Keep an open mindset and be ready to learn new things from different people. The day you become puffed up and think of yourself as the best in your circle, is the day you stop growing in photography, and accordingly, the moment you stagnate, you begin to regress. An unteachable attitude is a death knell to your photography.

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2. Take your camera everywhere with you

Chris Orwig, the author of Visual Poetry, counsels that a photographer should carry a camera with them everywhere they go. He says, “Even without taking photos, carrying a camera enhances life.”

Many seasoned photographers agree that carrying a camera is a sure-fire way of keeping your senses on high alert. Think about it, if a camera is always pressed to your eye, you have a different way of looking at the world, giving you a reason to slow down, observe your surroundings, and get a unique perspective of everything around you. Carrying a camera with you wherever and whenever will ultimately amp up your photography skills.

3. Get out of auto

One of the most cherished photography skills is the ability to control the camera. Controlling your camera means making conscious and deliberate decisions about how you are going to take shots. That means giving auto a wide berth, because allowing your camera to do everything isn’t exactly a prudent way of becoming a photography expert. Though you might get an occasional good image, you really didn’t use your creativity to get the image. Therefore, start shooting in full manual mode, or in either shutter speed priority or aperture priority.

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To quit auto, you must understand the exposure triangle – that is, the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. With that, you can now make deliberate decisions on the photo you want to take rather than letting the camera make every decision.

4. Know how to use Adobe Lightroom

Every serious photographer needs to learn how to use Adobe Lightroom. It is a great image editor while also allowing you to create a catalog of all your images. It isn’t rocket science. All you need to do is spend an entire weekend reading up on it and you’ll be up to speed. It is worth your time.

5. Use a tripod

A recent study shows that most seasoned photographers use a tripod, and for a good reason. There is something amazing that happens when you attach a camera to a tripod. Everything will suddenly slow down. When you rely on a tripod, you take your time to compose the image because you can’t move the camera around freely.

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Incredible, right? To prove how true this is, just get out and take a couple of images handheld, and then take another set of images on a tripod. See the difference?

6. Join a photography club

One of the best means to improve your photography is to network with other photographers. Seek out renowned photographers in your city or town. See if they have a club and join it. If there isn’t a club, you can bring photographers together. In the club, you can share nuggets of wisdom on how best to shoot images.

7. Take photography courses

Investing in photography courses is the surest way to improve your photography skills. There is no doubt that you’ll go in an amateur and emerge as a pro. What you should do is look out for respectable photography courses where it’s possible to sharpen your skills more. Enrolling here is a great step to turn you into a pro.

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7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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