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Highly Effective Photographers

Understand that pressing the shutter is only half of making a good photograph.

Modern cameras are no match for the human eye, and still have lots of limitations, especially in low light situations.

Post-processing has been done since the invention of photography (either in a traditional darkroom or on a computer). This is where you polish your final images, and make adjustments to compensate for the constraints of the camera.

Select and present only the very best images from a photo shoot.

Store a back-up copy of their images onto an external hard drive, or somewhere safe.

Publish photographs, so they aren’t destined to die on a dusty hard drive, unseen by the world.

Share their work to get constructive feedback from peers, (e.g. via on-line galleries such as 500px, Flickr, Google Photos, Instagram or a Facebook group.)

Present their images as a means of self-expression; their contribution to recording the world, from their point of view, (e.g. framed photos, greeting cards, calendars, art galleries, photo-books, or merely as prints inside a simple photo album).

Get inspiration from other photographers they admire.

Read eBooks, magazines, blog posts, look at Facebook posts, or view YouTube videos.

Visit galleries, take workshops or go on a photography tour to learn from a more experienced shooter.

Travel in search of fresh subject matter; this could be interesting locations or photogenic people.

On a micro level, they use their feet to find fresh angles and perspectives – they ‘work the scene’, and don’t just settle on the first composition they see.

On a macro level, they visit exotic or remote locations away from home, opening their eyes to new possibilities.

Avoid shooting clich├ęs, looking for a new ‘take’ on well-photographed subjects.