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7 Simple Ways to Instantly Boost Your Photography Skills

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The best way to improve your photography skills is to practice. But it’s not the only way.

In fact, there are quite a few things you can do to boost your skills in 10 minutes or less.

Nothing can replace taking lots of photos and learning to self-critique them. But if you only have a few minutes, these seven tasks will help you perfect your craft.

1. Read Your Instruction Manual

You have to be a bit suspicious of those folk who read an instruction manual from start to finish just to plug in a Blu-ray player. It’s always boring, right? The writers of these instructions have clearly never heard about the Plain English Campaign, because these little pamphlets from the underworld are designed to put you to sleep.

But wait! Because there’s one manual that’s worth reading: the one that accompanies your camera.

Seriously, this is essential reading. To get great photos, you have to know your camera.

You likely don’t know what all those buttons are for on your camera. That is, unless you’ve pored over the manual before—and even then, you could probably do with a reminder because it’s rare that a photographer uses all functions on a regular basis.

Knowing everything you can do with your camera doesn’t take long, but it will certainly help in the field. You’ll be better able to adapt to new situations by using the right settings. And that will improve your shots.

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