9 photography habits to break

It might be beneficial to think about changing a few bad habits before deciding what new photography projects and routines you can start in the next year. Elimination and addition are equally important steps in the process of crafting a skill. Like going to the gym and cutting out junk food are the only ways to become in shape, adopting new habits and quitting old ones are the only ways to improve your photography. By doing this, you provide room for better habits to take over. It depends on your unique scenario which exact behaviors you should give up, but if you need some ideas, check out this list of terrible photographic habits.

  1. Refrain from rushing
    Musicians practice at a slower speed than typical while learning a new musical piece or skill. They only focus on speeding up the process after they have mastered the piece or skill at this deliberate pace. It would be advantageous for photographers to take their time while mastering a new technique or composing an image. You can focus on what you’re doing and what’s going on around you if you slow down. On the other side, rushing is a great method to take a lot of amateurish shots. So before clicking the shutter, take into account the shot’s composition, lighting, and camera settings. Sure, you could sometimes miss a good picture opportunity, but by taking your time, you can get more overall good photos.

Relax with Gerardo “Tito” Paez.

  1. Avoid overprocessing.
    Overprocessing may be a negative habit in one of two ways. The first method involves excessive post-processing. We’ve all seen images with excessive post-processing that hurt our eyes, but we may develop attachments to our own monstrosities. Knowing when to utilize post-processing in moderation is what makes it an art. You shouldn’t utilize every Photoshop feature just because you are familiar with them. Be choosy about how much post-processing you undertake this year.

The second way that excessive post-processing may be a negative habit is when you attempt to improve a subpar image. When retouching images, the maxim “garbage in, garbage out” is an excellent guideline. Delete the picture if it isn’t good enough on its own. Don’t spend your time on the other photographs; instead, use post-processing to improve your finest ones. Instead, make an effort to improve the quality of your images as you take them.

  1. Quit following others.
    It may be time to forge new ground if you often find yourself capturing a time-lapse shot of the sunset with 10 other photographers at the same area. Numerous photographers have taken similar pictures of the same places and themes. While there is nothing wrong with looking at other photographers’ work, in order to become a great photographer yourself, you must be innovative and push the envelope. Don’t follow the crowd, skip some of the stock photos, and put more effort into developing your own style.
  2. Quit piling up your photographs.
    Great photographs usually have a simplicity to them when you look at them. They narrow their emphasis to a few key components, leaving away everything that isn’t necessary for the shot. When the picture is cluttered with additional components, the picture loses its impact. Adopt a minimalist mindset and concentrate on what shouldn’t be in each frame if you want to enhance your photography.

Jordan Parks: A day in the fall

  1. Avoid making your camera a bully.
    Don’t be intimidated by the camera since it is your most crucial instrument as a photographer. If you’re still using auto mode, there’s certainly space for improvement in your relationship with your camera. If so, make it a point to always learn new things about your camera and lenses. You may become that person who has really read the full handbook and is an expert on their camera by the end of the next year.
  2. Give up believing that you are unique.
    Thinking you’re exceptional might be the worst thing for your photographic abilities. You won’t be able to see and correct your errors if you believe yourself to be a photographic demigod. Therefore, avoid becoming sidetracked by activities that give you ego boosts. Over a thousand people liked one of your images. I don’t care. Your first image was sold. Major deal. Success is fantastic, but what should matter most is practicing for your next opportunity.
  3. Don’t concentrate on the gear
    Spending time discussing gear, reading about gear, and considering gear purchases is undoubtedly enjoyable. But if we’re being really honest, a decent picture just requires one camera and one lens. The quality of your images is probably not being limited by your equipment if you have a good setup. It could be time to put an end to your infatuation with gear if your home is overflowing with accessories and you’re waiting for your next paycheck to buy more. Try to avoid purchasing anything new this year (unless something crucial breaks). Most likely, you’ll find that you already have enough of equipment and some additional cash on hand. More significantly, you get the opportunity to practice using your equipment.
  4. Stop talking and begin firing
    Talking may impede your development as a photographer in two different ways. There is self-praise first. You may brag all you want about how fantastic your photography is, but ultimately, it will be your pictures that count. Therefore, don’t spend time bragging about your abilities to others. Let your work do the talking.

The second kind of criticism is voluntary. For the majority of us, receiving criticism is a quick and easy method to boost our self-esteem without exerting any effort. Even helpful criticism is useless if the recipient is not seeking feedback. Try not to criticize anybody else’s work for a year, unless they specifically request it. Spend your time improving yourself by taking a critical look at your own pictures.

Sebastian Stadtkind — No sound

  1. Quit reading pointless blogs like this one.
    Okay, maybe simply shorten your blog reading time. Online, it’s simple to feel productive even when you’re not really working. Although visiting photography blogs may be a fantastic source of inspiration, you shouldn’t sacrifice your shooting time in order to do so. In fact, if you’re a working photographer who can put the tips and tricks to use right away, you’ll benefit the most from these blogs.

Cheers to shooting in the next year! We are interested in viewing your work.