Saturday, January 3, 2015

3 Reasons You Are Not Getting to the Next Level and What to Do about It.

When you start something new, there’s so much to learn. The progress is good, the practice is wonderful.
But after some time, the enthusiasm goes down. Suddenly you find out that you don’t get to the next level. 
It’s true for photography too, isn’t it?

So how can you get to the next level?

1.) You have no plan.
I love to take photographs. At first I took as many photographs as possible. Maybe you find yourself in this situation. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it.
But it’s more productive to shift the focus from quantity to quality.

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” (Leonard Bernstein).

What to do about it.
Make a plan. Choose a theme (a subject, a lens…) and follow your idea.

2.) You try to learn too much at once.
There are tons to learn in the photography and you can feel overwhelmed sometimes.

What to do about it.

Practice one thing during your photo session. You don’t think that a one year old kid can run a marathon when he is doing his first steps, do you? If you are a beginner photographer you might want to use this method and to move step by step. For example, it will be easier to understand exposure in 3 steps (you can read more here, here and here).
Moving step by step, you’ll notice that you are a better photographer today than you were yesterday.

3.) You didn’t find your standard.

You’ve heard many times the names of great photographers. You’ve heard advices to learn by the examples. Many people are frightened to understand that they love only one of the great masters, not all of them…

What to do about it.
There’s a saying that goes “No two minds think alike”.
Quit watching the photographs you think you should like and find the ones you do like.

You can get to the next level.
You have the talent and the creativity, you only may need to make a few minor corrections to your shooting and you will get to the next level.

Thank you for reading!
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