Confidence is often the fuel to keep any fire burning bright and long. Photography is no exception. The photographer that knows they can get that perfect shot can get that perfect shot. A confident photographer knows that if they miss a shot it’s not because they could not get the shot but simply it may be because they were not prepared fast enough or perhaps the conditions just were not right.
There are many ways to gain confidence and preparedness as a photographer. Here are seven of the best ways.
1. Change your Perspective
Don’t compare yourself to other photographers. It’s fine and even should be encouraged to admire other’s work but you should never measure your own worth with comparison. Everyone is different and what works for one person might not work for another person. Find the confidence that you need to believe in your own work and go at it from that perspective. Practice using the tools that you learn along the way and succeed.
2. Shoot in Different Conditions
Getting out and shooting regularly is very helpful but it’s even more helpful to shoot in varying conditions. Familiarizing yourself with all kinds of conditions will help you to be prepared for them when they present themselves. It’s important to know that if a good shot comes up you’ve got it covered even if the conditions aren’t necessarily perfect. Practice shooting with backlighting, low light, rain, fog, shadow, any condition you can find.
3. Keep a Notebook
A notebook can be very helpful, especially in the beginning of your career. Keep a travel log of your experiences. Keep a place where you can take notes, set goals, paste prints of your shots, and plan out future photography expeditions. A lot of successful photographers keep such notebooks and have a lot of success with it. With that said; this sort of thing just might not be your thing and that’s okay. The pressure of keeping a notebook just puts extra stress on some people. Find what’s right for you and stick with it.
4. Ask Questions
Just like anybody else sometimes it’s really hard for photographers to ask questions. Everyone wants to look like they have it all figured out but the truth is that none of us really do have it all figured out. Asking questions frequently will help you to feel certain that you’re going in the right direction instead of being filled with doubt and devoting all your energies to looking like you know the right direction. Feeling confident enough to admit that you have questions will be the first step to finding true and lasting confidence.
5. Set Goals
Maybe there’s a particular technique you’d like to learn. Maybe you have a photographer that you admire and you’d like to produce work similar to theirs. Write your goals down in your notebook and keep track of how far you’ve come. Seeing how close you are to your goals may help push you to complete or at least advance them. If you’re really brave and committed you might make your goals public on a blog or a social media site. Letting others know about your goals and sharing your progress might push you to keep at it until your goals are met.
6. Shoot Frequently
This is, perhaps, the most important tip of all. That old saying about practice making perfect hasn’t gained so much popularity for nothing. You should be out shooting as much as possible. If the only window you have for getting some shots is your lunch break then take your camera out on your lunch break. Nothing has more benefit than getting out there and getting practice at getting all the shots that will make you a better photographer.
There is a plethora of great books out there on photography. Visit the bookstore or your local library and search for photography books that interest you then stick with them and actually read them. These days with the popularity of the internet as well as other resources there are so many things out there for free. Information is never a bad thing and a lot of it is just waiting for you to absorb it.
Source: Digital Photography School