5 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO GROW AS A PHOTOGRAPHER

1. START A PERSONAL PROJECT
Start with deciding on a theme you’re going to work on. For example: landscapes; street photography; flowers; or even something cooky like a nature alphabet.

Jot down all your ideas and make a plan. Give yourself a timeline to complete the project so you stay on task.

The collection of photographs from your project can then be displayed however the mood takes you. Create a photo book or take a chance displaying your pieces in a gallery.

2. PROJECT 365
As the title suggests, plan a project where you take a photo every day for an entire year. This is a highly dedicated project where you are committing yourself to get the camera out every day.

Themes can add an interesting twist to the project but this could also hinder your chances of getting that daily shot.

3. PROJECT 52
This project only requires you to take one photograph a week. The idea with this project is to add creativity to your weekly shots in order to create something out of the ordinary.

4. PHOTO CHALLENGES
Photo challenges can be sourced all over the internet. Generally a different theme or subject is given for each of the photographs you need to source.

A photo book using photo challenges can make stunning portfolios for your work.

5. PHOTO COMPETITIONS
Again, the internet makes a great sourcing point for finding photo competitions. Competitions include briefs by which the photographer decides on shots taken and submitted.

You may not get anything for entering straight away, but practice makes perfect. It’s a learned skill to submit an image based on a brief someone else supplies. However, like all skills – the more you practice at it, the better you will become.

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