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7 Simple Ways to Instantly Boost Your Photography Skills

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2. Learn These Two Rules of Composition

After getting to grips with your camera, you should master composition.

We all have slightly different ideas about what makes a good image: light, angle, subject—these are the things that make your work individual. But there are unifying factors in many fantastic examples of photography.

There are two key techniques you need to know: the Rule of Thirds and the Golden Ratio, the latter of which sounds a lot more complicated than it is. In fact, it’s something that you probably do quite often already because you’ll have picked it up from other famous images.

It’s worth taking a few minutes to check these out because they’ll really help when you’re lining up a shot. It’s up to you to decide which technique works best in situ.

Plus, once you know the rules, you can subvert them for your own artistic purposes.

3. Study Artists

Whatever your hobby or profession, it pays to study your peers and the people you look up to. You naturally pick up a lot of tips just from admiring others’ work, whether knowingly analyzing something or subconsciously learning.

That’s why you need to expose yourself to as much art and photography as you can. You can stroll around a museum (which admittedly takes longer than 10 minutes). You can Google well-known professionals in creative fields. Or you can simply take to sharing platforms like Instagram, Flickr, and Tumblr.

It doesn’t matter, as long as you’re immersing yourself in things you admire.

However, it’s not always about admiration. Look at stuff you don’t like, too. Ask yourself why it elicits that reaction. Why don’t you like it? How can your dislike of an image advance your own photography?

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