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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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Last Updated on December 30, 2018

18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.

Let’s dive straight into the list…

1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely

    If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

    Download Rescue Time

    2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks

      If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.

      Download Remember the Milk

      3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks

        This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.

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        Download Focus Booster

        4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks

          This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.

          Download Toggl

          5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily

            There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.

            Download Dropbox

            6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place

              Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images).  You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.

              Download Evernote

              7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping

                Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

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                Download Mind42

                8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly

                  This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.

                  Download SnycBackFree

                  9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively

                    Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                    Download MyLifeOrganized (MLO)

                    10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered

                      This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                      Download 1Password

                      11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball

                        When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.

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                        Download Pocket

                        12. [email protected] — Boost your attention span

                          This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.

                          Download [email protected]

                          13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way

                            This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.

                            Download Launchy

                            14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest

                              This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                              Download Forest

                              15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way

                                This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.

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                                Download Trello

                                16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists

                                  Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.

                                  Download Wunderlist

                                  17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family

                                    This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                    Download Time Tree

                                    18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily

                                      Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                      Download Todoist

                                      The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!

                                      Oh, and one more thing… Take a look at a couple of our other articles that will help further streamline your time management:

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