Improve Your Digital Photography in 2012

Are Your Best Photography Days Ahead Of You?

It doesn’t matter if you specialize in wedding photography or portrait photography, your goal should always be the same- to get better!  So often we hope that buying a new camera will make our photography get better.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t really work that way.  If you want to be a better photographer, you will have to work at it.


Here are a few goals you can set for yourself for 2012.

1.  Do a Google search for “photography tips” or “black white photography” and you will be amazed at the results that come back.  There are tons of great photographers and teachers out there.  The trick is to find them!  Dedicate an hour each week to looking for a new technique or style that can add a fresh look to your workflow.  Nothing major – just a small tweak here or white photography

2.  Do you remember black and white photography?  If you shoot film, go out and buy yourself a roll of black and white film and shoot something just for fun.  If digital photography is your thing, switch your camera to black and white mode and experiment a bit.  Scenes that look good in color, don’t always translate to monochromatic.  Of course, the reverse is also true!  Teach your eye to see the difference.

3.  Find a good photography blog and subscribe.  Obviously, I would recommend THIS ONE, but find one that YOU enjoy.  Subscribe to their RSS feed and get a free flow of information throughout 2012.  (You can click on the orange Follow RSS button on the right side of my website!)

Don’t forget to interact!  Leave a comment every now and again.  Trust me, bloggers LOVE to know that someone is following along.

4.  Push your limits by creating photography art.  Don’t limit yourself by what others think is good – create what YOU want to create.  There will be plenty of clunkers as you go along, but you will also find a few gems.  In the end, isn’t that what it is all about?

The best photography advice I can give you is to never stop trying to get better.  Trust me, the more you expose yourself to new artists and new techniques, the more you will realize how little you knew before.  There is no finish line you are trying to reach.  Its all about the journey.

In January when you sit down and write out your resolutions for 2012 – be sure to include a few photography-related goals.  They don’t have to be huge – just something.  To paraphrase the famous saying, to move a mountain, you begin by moving small stones.

What about you?  What do you find to be the best way to grow as a photographer?


  1. Cortney

    Sometimes, I pull out my old photo books or notes from classes and look back through them, just for a little refresher and kind of a trip down memory lane too! LOL
    It’s interesting though, to look back and see how much I’ve forgotten or to re-realize certain skills that now come so naturally. Makes me stop and think about the whole process again, even if just for a few minutes.

  2. Tracyann0312

    My uncle taught me how to take photographs in decent angles. Adobe Photoshop is very popular today in improving digital photography. I love the black and white photos; I must try it one time.

  3. Barney Delaney

    Hi Steve, coming from a background in film / slr this really is informative, thing is with digital it encourages you to shoot more and experiment a little more, without the nagging feeling of blowing rolls of film! thanks for sharing, I’ll be applying it to my own landscape photography!
    PS lovely portraits, very nicely done.

  4. Phil

    You have summed it up really well. I love your item 4 ‘push your limits’, as it is only by trying new things and experimenting that we can really start to create and discover our own style.

    This is the view I wholeheartedly believe in, and if people don’t like my work then I will not be discouraged.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge so freely.

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