Take Your Photos to the Next Level

All of us want to take better photos. That’s a given, even for people that to the rest of us are at the pinnacle of creating incredible images.

But when you’re a beginner, getting to that place where you say, “Wow, I just created a great shot!” can be a bit on the daunting side.

There’s many paths you can take to get to a better photo – and that’s part of the confusion, just knowing where to start.

With that in mind, I thought long and hard about all the things I know now that I didn’t know when I started and narrowed it down to three crucial ways you can improve your photography.


If I had to say what the most common problem is for newbie photographers, I’d say that it’s too much of a focus on the gear.

By that, I mean that instead of actually learning how to use the camera they have already, they put all their energy into lusting over what camera they should have.

The problem with that is that the camera they feel they should have isn’t going to make them a better photographer…

Practicing and learning photography concepts with the camera they already have will make a big difference, though.

Even if all you have is a smartphone, you can learn a ton about photography, especially compositional principles.

For example, you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on a Canon 5DS to practice things like framing, using leading lines, the rule of thirds, and other basic photography composition rules.

In fact, I’d argue that it’s easier to learn about composition with a smartphone because it’s a much less overwhelming camera than a high-end DSLR.

Besides, you already have a phone, so if you’re just beginning, why drop a bunch more money on another camera before you know what you’re doing?

Just use the camera you’ve got, work on developing your creative eye and understanding basic photography rules, and when your camera becomes a liability, and you can no longer take the sort of photos you want to take with it, then upgrade to something new.