How to Become a Better Photographer

By Katie Yates Wow! Photography can be an overwhelming hobby. Whether you’re new or you’ve been at it for years, there’s always new gear, tech, apps, equipment, and skills to acquire. Just that list alone can seem daunting. You’re probably wondering–with all this to consider, how can I become a better photographer? Check out our list of recommendations. Determine your photography goals. Ask yourself: What techniques do I want to learn–bokeh, macro, infrared? What subjects do I want to photograph–landscapes, portraits, pets, products? Am I the type of photographer who just wants to take photos of the birds in my backyard? Or do I want to be a wedding/event photographer? Decide where this hobby will take you in the short term. Maybe you just need to learn how to use your camera, maybe you’re ready for some basic editing classes, maybe you’re ready to explore more advanced editing classes–but first, you need to decide: Who am I as a photographer? Join a community. Joining a community is an easy way to stay motivated, learn, ask questions, and get second-hand gear. The community can be an informal group of photographers who meet up a few times a month. The community could be on Facebook. The community could be something more formal–like our membership. These communities give you opportunities to learn, grow,

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When Does Blur in Photographs Work?

By Katie Yates Blur creates a sense of movement, dreaminess, and abstraction to photography when used properly. Blur can be captured with the camera or it can be created later with editing softwares. Want to learn more about creating effects with your camera or in Photoshop/Lightroom? Click here. Traditionally, photographers aim for crisp edges, hard lines, and tight focus. There’s nothing worse than seeing an image that’s just not quite right, as though you’re seeing it through the wrong pair of glasses. It’s satisfying to have a blurred background and sharply in-focus subject. That’s why Apple created the Portrait Mode effect, this elevates standard iPhone images. But, there are instances when blurring the subject is okay–in fact, there are times when blurring the subject is more than okay! The result of tasteful, purposeful, and meaningful blurring can be the difference between an image that’s humdrum and an image that’s fantastic. Blurring Gives A Sense of Motion This is an easy one. In photograph below, the blurring of the runner in the foreground enhances the sense that they are in motion. It puts the viewer of the image in the scene. The person standing at the railing is in focus–they are where our eye hits first–and we can build a story around them. The eye is more likely to linger on

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