If you want to improve at something, one of the best ways is to find masters of their craft and just emulate them. But how do you know which things to copy and which to ignore? Here you will learn seven skills of good photographers that you can easily add to your skillset.
Have you heard of the 10,000 hour rule? It’s a concept made famous by Malcolm Gladwell, who says that it takes 10,000 hours of intense practice to master complex skills and materials, such as playing the violin or becoming as good as Bill Gates at computer programming. However, there’s something more to it than just doing something over and over for 10,000 hours: you also need a good teacher along the way. Why? Because the teacher will show you what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong. After all, there’s little point in making something for 10,000 hours if the technique sucks to begin with.
But what if you don’t have an experienced teacher or master craftsman to turn to for help? Luckily we have the internet to help us these days and in this great video by Nigel Danson he walks us through seven skills that good photographers possess and more importantly, ones that anyone can duplicate. The one that resonated with me the most was Simplify Your Images. I think people often try to fit so many elements into their frames that it all ends up being too hectic and full of distractions. I love clean, simple images that use negative space. Watch the video and let me know what you think.