Taking pictures better – learning to take beautiful pictures

Many photographers never tire of looking for tips on how to take better pictures. Luckily you are not like that. Because tips only bring you with your nose against the windowpane. But you have to get out into reality. Photo tips and Top10 lists on how to make better photos can only help you to find a start.

Of course, it’s not wrong to seek more knowledge, but we should all be taking more photos than reading or typing – at least if we want to be photographers and not writers. Malcolm Gladwell cited in his book Highflyer not too long ago the thesis that it takes 10,000 hours to learn something perfect. Maybe you have already heard. That this nonsense is another story, because it is talented and some people reach the level after 4,000 hours, others after 27,000. Nevertheless, everyone can get better, because it is in demand – and especially a process optimization to effectively and efficiently learn how to make beautiful photos, also called deliberate practice.

The Pareto Principle argues that 20% is always 80% of something, be it the distribution of wealth, the vocabulary to speak a language, or whatever. It gets even worse when you look at this principle in combination with fossilization, because then you have no chance as a photographer to get better.

What is fossilization

Fossilization is the scientific term for standing in a process, especially in language acquisition. “Sufficiently good”. Exactly the point where you get along sosolala, but the language does not speak very well. One gets better only if one wants it, if the necessity of the better becomes seen, as for example if you have a partner who speaks that language.

This means reflection, reflection and learning. How do you learn? Best by Doing as the saying goes. You do not really need to read more than 3 photo books, they only make you feel good about your hobby – and they are less disappointing than a bad photo.

Photography classes are always a great way to learn new things with a mentor. Video training is not bad either. But above all you need courage. You have to have the courage to take worse pictures. To experiment, even to fail! And from these mistakes you have to? Yes, correctly recorded: learn.

Making mistakes is good as long as you reflect and have something of them (except bad photos). Because only then do you learn to get better, to master the technique and to realize visions.

If you have a bit of talent or talent, you often have a big head start, but it does not last forever, because the restless lack of understanding of a slow learner is what drives you.

How do you make better photos?

The serious thing about the whole thing is that it’s exhausting because otherwise everyone could. To become really good in something like photography you should:

  1. Focus on your actions until you have perfected them so that you can focus on your vision.
  2. Go beyond your own performance limits to continue to grow.
  3. Develop your own Feedback Loop to learn from your mistakes.
  4. To find a mentor who gives you constructive photo criticism and does not bathe you in the shallows rather than swimming with you in the sea.
  5. You can not rest on “good enough” and switch to the autopilot.

Learning as a sport

At the Khan Academy, this can be well seen in the natural sciences, because there are the learners who initially take longer to understand something, usually the ones who later get better results. Not like in school, where there are only snapshots.

Professor Tae, gives the beautiful example that natural learning has a lot in common with skateboarding. You always fall back, but try it anyway, and at some point you stand the trick. If a photo app did not do relatively good pictures from the outset, enough good ones, it would be much easier to learn because we see the need. Like driving a skateboard crash. The better the camera so, the worse the photo, because you will be taken too much work to take real photos.

So it remains only the slow learning, or the lucky ones who develop despite first good pictures to improve in photography until they have really learned to photograph. And it’s not about the technically perfect image, but the realization of the vision, instead of the blank copy and 100th backlit shot.


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