The internet is inundated with advice on how to improve your photography, and while a lot of it is good and can certainly help you become better behind the camera, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to take it all in. This excellent video discusses something a lot of us do not do that much, but that will help improve anyone’s photography.
Coming to you from James Popsys, this great video discusses the importance of studying your own favorite photos while Popsys demonstrates with some of his own. We can study all the technique we want, and while there is certainly nothing wrong with that and it can be quite beneficial, every photographer has a different set of aesthetic preferences. That is why it is so important to study your past photos that you consider successful. Taking the time to understand what it is about the exposure choices, the composition, the color grading, etc. that make the photo desirable to you can help you to better understand your own methods. In turn, you can then approach your work with more intentionality, enabling you to purposely create shots you want instead of hoping to luck into them. Check out the video above for Popsys’ full thoughts.