Photographer Today in 9 Easy Steps

It might be cliche to say, but the phrase “practice makes perfect” has a lot of merit.

That goes for a lot of things in life, and photography is one of them.

I often hear complaints from new photographers that their photos aren’t as good as those they see from the pros.

Those complaints are usually accompanied by a wish that they knew how to improve their photos – and fast.

Becoming a better photographer, above all else, takes time and dedication to the process of learning.

But that doesn’t mean it has to be a complicated process…

With that in mind, here are nine easy things you can do today, right now, to become a better photographer.

The challenge (well, one of them…) of photography is to represent a three-dimensional subject in a two-dimensional medium that somehow still feels three-dimensional.

It might sound like an impossible task, but really all you need to do is utilize tricks that add depth and dimension to the shot.

Leading lines are a great way to add depth because our eyes are naturally drawn to lines.

Put a line in your photo, and viewers will use that to travel deeper into the shot, inspecting various parts of the image as they go.

Looking at the image above, notice how the line directs our attention to the background of the image. Taking us to the back of the shot helps give it the feeling that there’s a dimensionality to it.

Another way to add depth to your photos is to layer the image.

Layering simply involves having foreground, midground, and background elements that draw the viewer’s attention.

Again, the practice of layering points of interest in the shot helps move the viewer’s eye around the image, taking in one point of interest before moving on to the next, the result of which is a feeling of greater depth.

In the image above, note how the layers and layers of mountain peaks help define the space and give it a sense that the mountains in the foreground are nearer than the mountains in the background.