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15 Photography Sites to Boost Your Skills

15 Photography Sites to Boost Your Skills

Are you tired of taking taking trashy photos? Have you been trying so hard to capture images like a pro just by using your own digital camera? Do you want to learn appropriate photo angles and take the most beautiful shots with your digital camera or your new GoPro? Well, it’s possible!

Taking photos like a professional is one of the most trending hobbies around. Now-a-days, “selfies” and “groufies” are all the rage on social media sites. People want to share their day-to-day experiences with the world. We can share our most memorable events with a simple click of a button. It is so easy to upload your photos online. It’s fun to show off our personal photos, especially beautiful places with the best scenic views.

Because of this ease to share such beauty, photography is one of the most joyful hobbies anyone can do in their lifetime. By sharing photos we also share precious memories. That’s why people want to take the best photos they can. We all want our photos to look professional. Well, now-a-days this is easier than you may think.

Photography is a fun hobby, but it can also be practical. It’s possible to turn art into an exciting career with today’s consumer technology. Though it requires a lot of patience, it can be very personally gratifying.

The following photography sites will be of great help to those who wish to begin their career in photography:

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1. Photosecrets.com

This site provides valuable information about taking good pictures through good cameras. It also introduces beginners to the importance of knowing the copyrights, and laws relating to selling photos.

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    2. Currentphotographer.com

    This site has tips and techniques on how to capture best images with even the simplest cameras. They also discuss the latest camera models with advice from expert photographers. Editing the images to make it look at its best is also discussed here, along with the latest trends about photography.

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      3. Ephotozine.com

      Taking photos to the next level is the main goal of this site. New ideas and techniques in capturing photos for every momentous event are taught here. Prizes and promos are also awarded to the best captured photos. Like the rest of the photography sites, they also advise viewers and readers to what gear they should have to take beautiful photos.

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        4. Photography.ca

        Their main goal is to teach people how to become better photographers and produce their own fine art photography. They are doing this service for free through forums, articles, and also monthly podcasting. Apart from that, they also post photos from the most talented photographers around the globe.

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          5. Photonaturalist.net

          If nature photography is your thing, you must visit this site. They cover all kinds of nature photography including wildlife, flowers, etc. Every week, they post articles detailing steps on how to improve the nature photos you take.

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            6. SCPhoto.com

            Established by a former photography class teacher, Keith Wills, they offer online studies on how to improve photography skills. This site is especially useful for beginners, as they teach through videos posted in their website (e.g. Basic of Digital Photography.)

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              7. Photonhead.com

              This website offers photographic concepts especially useful for those who are still in the beginning phase of photography. The basics are taught – such as the requirements for pursuing photography as a career, and the fundamentals of photography (including camera specifications and what to consider when buying a new one).

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                8. Pixelatedphotographer.com

                Essentials of photography and filming are both provided on this website. Published articles about each technique are on full display. Fun and witty reviews are posted in order to provide several ideas for the beginner, as well as for the more experienced amateur photographers to apply in their photos.

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                  9. Virtualphotographerstudio.com

                  Photography is fun but it will be more enjoyable if the photos taken are sold and you can make a living out of it. This site can introduce possible business methods in photography to all varieties of photographers. They have been running for around two years now, and are still growing. They hope  to help other photographers to do the same and grow alongside their site.

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                    10. Wearephotographers.com

                    “Elevate Talent” is what this site focuses on…. Your Talent.  They help other photographers capture photos that could entail a lot of history or special memories that anyone can relate to and cherish. They don’t just teach you how to make good photos, but also teach you how to capture really “good moments”. They are also have contests open  to all photographers to help them improve their skills.

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                      11. Photocreative365.com

                      WordPress can be a very good tool to invest upon improving your photography skills at the same time as utilizing the site for an online portfolio. Moreover, this site was established by Michael Shilling to make photography a business and  inspire marketing ideas.

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                        12. Photopathway.com

                        This is another site run by WordPress. One can visit this site to get inspired on how to set up photos that are best captured and organized through an online portfolio. Nature photography is most noticeable in the website. There are really good photos posted here.

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                          13. Digitalphotobuzz.com

                          This site provides shooting tips especially useful in using digital cameras. They also give advise on how to take good wedding photos, as well as taking candid photos (used in editorials, magazines, featuring models, etc.) like a pro.

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                            14. Photocritic.org

                            One might be interested in taking photos featuring children, animals, and even nude women. This site provides tips in taking really good and appropriate photos using best cameras (e.g. GoPro).

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                              15. Learnfoodphotography.com

                              Taking appetizing food photos can really be one of the more challenging parts in photography. There is a lot to consider, such as the appearance of the food to the audience, the quality of camera, lighting system, etc. However, the focus of this particular site is giving tips on how to make food look attractive through camera lenses.

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                                Generally, to take a good set of photos, one should have a good quality camera. If you take photos with a camera phone, make sure it has a large number of pixels to capture the best images.

                                Keen observation is another key to self-improvement in any photography career. This can be seen in the manner how the expert photographers compose their shots with the best angles. A good photo can turn into something phenomenal if it effectively capture emotions. By visiting these great photography sites you’ll be well on your way to learning how to better hold on to a precious moment by perfectly framing it. You can take a photo that anyone can appreciate.

                                In the realm of photography, it’s not just the camera that matters, not even the quality of the lighting, but really it’s the moment captured that matters the most. By balancing all these qualities, and keeping an open mind to learning more, you too can become a great photographer.

                                Featured photo credit: Algirdas Chocianas via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                • (1) Research
                                • (2) Deciding the topic
                                • (3) Creating the outline
                                • (4) Drafting the content
                                • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                • (6) Revision
                                • (7) etc.

                                Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                2. Change Your Environment

                                Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                6. Get a Buddy

                                Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                Reality check:

                                I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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