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Here’s What You Can Do if You Don’t Want to Go to Photography School

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If you are trying to improve your photography skills, you may consider going to photography school. A photography school is a great place to develop as an artist. You will also be able to network with other photographers and you might even get some job opportunities through the program.


On the downside, photography school is expensive and some may argue that there’s not much you can learn that you can’t teach yourself.


If you decide against going to photography school, that’s fine, but you should still be taking the time and effort to boost your technique. Here are some ways to do it.


Get Familiar with Your Equipment


Yes, this means you need to (gasp) read the manual, but it may be worth it. You won’t have to read it cover to cover but take the time to learn how to perfect the techniques you need the most. Hands on experience is worth a lot as well.


Learn From Others


The internet is a great resource when it comes to learning photography. There are tons of pro photographers who publish blogs, vlogs and host webinars that serve as valuable resources.


If you enjoy reading, you can purchase a photography book, or better yet, get one from the library. If you prefer in person learning, attend a workshop. If you have a connection to someone who is a high level photographer, ask them if they would consider mentoring you.


Join a Photography Forum


Forums are another learning opportunity. These are online communities where likeminded people can ask and answer questions to network and gain information. A photography forum could be just what you need to get ahead.


Practice Makes Perfect


Of course, nothing will help you improve your photography skills like taking tons of photographs. Get out there and shoot stuff that excites you. Work with different equipment and techniques and you will see your skill level improve.


Share Your Photos with Friends and Relatives


Show your photos to people you know and trust to give you an honest opinion. Listen to their feedback and use it to take your technique up a notch.

Enter a Competition


A photography competition will force you to adhere to certain rules and regulations and the spirit of going head to head with others will inspire you to do better. After entering a few competitions, you will see a noticeable change for the better.


Make a Photography Bucket List


Your photography bucket list can include anything you want it to. You may want to travel to another country to shoot photos. You may want to try a technique you never used before.


Making a list will motivate you to complete it. In doing so, you will find that you are becoming a better photographer with each task you cross off your list.  




Everyone has different goals in photography, but admit it, it’s nice to make money. So you may be a fine art photographer who has to take a few headshots on the way.


The nice thing about this is, you will have the funds to support your habit and you will get to improve your skills, even if you’re not doing what you love. And who knows? You may just connect with someone who can give you that dream opportunity.


If you are looking to make money, you have to hustle. Create an online presence with social media, a good web site and a branded personal touch. Connect with clients any way you can, whether it’s finding them online or going door to door.


Soon you will find yourself thinking and acting confidently and more professionally and this will come through in all your work.


Follow Photographer’s Online


Looking at other people’s work can be inspirational. Follow photographers you love on social media and learn from the images they post. They may also include helpful tips and tricks that will be beneficial to your career.


Photography school isn’t for everyone, but it’s important to keep learning. The tips in this article will help you improve your skills so you can take it to the next level. What do you do to keep from getting stagnate?


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