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, and stay inspired!

How do you learn?

Are you a self-teacher? Is your preference a 1:1 learning experience? Are you more comfortable in a group setting? Do you want to learn remotely? Knowing what kind of learning environment suits you best, sets you up for success.

Take a workshop.

We offer workshops to help you advance your photography skills. Our workshops are proven to help photographers take their techniques to the next level. We now offer virtual workshops. Click here to learn more.

Give yourself a goal.

One goal you might consider is submitting your work to a juried show–such as our Members’ Juried Exhibition, or the alike. Give yourself enough time to grow your craft, set the images you love aside, and share them when you’re ready. This goal will help keep you motivated! Plus, seeing your work hanging in a museum or gallery is an exceptional feeling!

Keep in mind, composition and critique!

If you don’t know the basics of composition (or what makes an image compelling) and you’ve never had the opportunity for a critique, that is an important step to growing as a photographer. Learn more about opportunities for critiques at our FOTOfusion event.