22 Things You Can Do Today to Change Your Photography Forever

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Photographers these days spend so much time on the Internet learning good things about photography that they never make the time to do the things that would be really great for their photography.  I’ve compiled a list of 21 things in this article that you can do today that would completely change your photography forever.  THIS is how you learn photography!

If you like these tips, I hope you’ll consider learning photography with me in my online class for budding photographers.

Action #1: Learn every function your camera is capable of performing (2 hours)

You know what I mean… not just aperture, shutter speed, and focus.  I mean ALL the functions.  Do you know how to use the multiple exposure feature on your DSLR?  Have you ever taken a time lapse with your camera?  How about mirror lock-up?  For most photographers–even good ones–there are at least 5 or 6 functions on the camera that are never used.  Learning to expand your creativity can change your photography forever by giving you one more tool you can use to capture scenes with a unique perspective.  Try something new!

Action #2: Prepare your work for exhibition (Several hours)

This is probably the most difficult action suggested on this page.  Preparing your work to be sold or displayed in a gallery is time-intensive and challenging, but it is SOO rewarding to see one of your photos perfectly matted and framed.  Even if you don’t have anywhere to show your work yet, you might be surprised what opportunities come knocking if you are prepared with your best work perfectly prepared.  Not to mention… it’s fun!

The first time I sold a photo was life-changing for me.  It’s SOO exciting to see someone who loves what you have created enough to display it in their home.

Action #3: Enter a photography contest (25 minutes)

Photography contests can be a great way to learn digital photography.  Look for a contest that will provide you some feedback on your work.  I am disappointed that so many photography contests today are merely “How many people view this photo” or contests that simply decide a winner without saying why the other photos were not chosen.  Having said that, there are still some great photo contests out there.  Find one and you’ll be on your way to excelling in the world of photography.

Action #4: Look up the best photo you have ever seen and decide why YOU like it (15 minutes)

Obviously, it’s tough to pick ONE favorite, but a year or two ago, I took a while to sit down and compare some of the best photos I’ve ever seen on the web.  After a grueling decision, I finally determined that this photo is the best picture I have seen in my whole life.  From doing this exercise, I learned a lot of things about my taste for photography: (1) Landscape photography is what really gets my heart beating, (2) Despite the craze around HDR, you don’t have to expose every dark shadow to make a beautiful picture, and (3) What really makes or breaks a picture is the light.

If you’re looking to find great photos, I recommend browsing through the 500px website.  It’s like Flickr, but the quality of the photos is WAY higher.  Great place to get inspired.

Action #5: Print your best 75 photos and have a non-photographer critique them (2 hours)

Photographers are often shocked by the result of this exercise.  Print 75 of your favorite all-time images and set them out on the table.  Ask a friend or neighbor WHO HAS NEVER SEEN YOUR PICTURES to place them in order from their favorite to their least favorite.  After they rank the photos, ask them why they chose what they did.  The purpose of this exercise is to help photographers to learn what people notice–and don’t notice–in their pictures.  Are you really trying to impress other photographers with your work, or are you really shooting so that normal people can enjoy your art?  I think this exercise really helps to put things in perspective.

Action #6: Write a guest post for a photography blog (35 minutes)

I hope this doesn’t sound self-serving, but writing a guest post for a photography website was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made to improve my photography.  It forced me to learn a concept deeply enough to write an article about it, it provided me with a great link from a popular site that drove TONS of traffic to my photography portfolio, and it inspired me to create a photography blog of my own.  Try it!  It might just change your life, and it will almost certainly improve your photography business.

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Action #7: Shoot night photography in your own city(2 hours)

Shooting night photography is THE BEST way to learn photography.  I think night photography is great for learning photography because it helps photographers to focus on the light, it reinforces proper shooting techniques by requiring a tripod, and it helps photographers to master proper exposure since it often requires balancing high ISOs and long shutter speeds.

Action #8: Make your photography learning a “T.”

I believe that the best education for photography can be represented by the letter “T.”  Like the shape of the letter “T”, photographers should cover a lot of topics and learn many styles of photography.  This broad knowledge is represented by the long, horizontal top of the “T.”  However, so many photographers stop at this point.  Their knowledge is an inch deep and a mile wide.  The truly great photographers then choose one aspect of photography (such as landscape, portrait, Photoshop, etc), and then delve deeply into that topic.  This is represented by the long vertical line on a “T.”  Both the broad base and the deep knowledge of a topic help photographers to become great.

So how can you make your photography knowledge more like a “T”?  Sit down for a minute and decide where you are in photography.  If you feel like you are really good at one style of photography but you don’t have the experience to tackle different types of photography, then decide to broaden your horizons.  Similarly, if you feel like you’re more a jack of all trades in photography, then decide what you really love and learn everything you possibly can about that topic.  A properly balanced photography education will certainly impact your photography for the rest of your life.

Action #9: Learn a new Photoshop trick by following a tutorial (10 minutes)

I have a certain photography friend that I follow on social networks.  He is a terrific photographer and a good friend, but it is painful for me to look at his work.  It’s not painful because the photos are bad, but because he has never taken the time to learn Photoshop.  Every single one of his photos has precisely the same Photoshop effect applied to it–all of them.  That is such a shame!  There is so much creative potential available to photographers who will spend the time to learn new things in Photoshop.

So where should you go to find a simple Photoshop tutorial?  Head on over to Youtube and simply type in “Photography photoshop tutorial.”  You will have access to hundreds of thousands of free tips.  You might look for a tutorial on skin softening, how to add clouds to a landscape, changing colors, how to properly sharpen an image, or how to correct exposure problems.  The opportunities are endless and learning a new technique will help you to take better pictures for the rest of your life.

If you’re looking for an awesome photoshop trick to start off with, check out some of my trick photography tips here.

Action #10: Put together an online photography portfolio (30 minutes)

If you still haven’t taken 30 minutes to set up a simple photography portfolio page, you are really missing out on a life-changing opportunity.  I personally recommend Smugmug for a simple photography portfolio.  Head on over to Smugmug.com and you will be done setting up your whole portfolio in as little as 30 minutes.  The tools on Smugmug are easy enough for even a non-techie to understand.  The nice thing about Smugmug is that they resize your photos for you, which is a huge time saver.  Also, they have a free trial so you can set up your gallery and see if you like it before paying.

Action #11: Create a Facebook fan page for your photography (15 minutes)

Unfortunately, many photographers think that you only create a Facebook fan page for your photography if you want to do photography as a business; however, I think it’s a fantastic way to stay motivated.  I really don’t care what the people on Flickr say about my photos, but I love to hear family and friends comment on my recent photo excursions and ask for a high-res version to use as a desktop background :-)

If you ever feel unmotivated to get out of the house and take pictures, then it’s time to create a Facebook fan page for your photography.  Oh, and check out this page for tips on how to get more likes on  Facebook.

Oh, and speaking of Facebook fan pages, if you “Like” Improve Photography on our facebook fan page, you will see the Improve Photography articles each morning right in your facebook news feed.  It’s like getting a newspaper every morning, but we didn’t kill any trees to bring it to you, and it’s free.  Go to http://facebook.com/ImprovePhotography and click “LIKE” at the top.

Action #12: Print one of your photos large, and put it on the wall in your own home or business (1 hour)

This is another tip for keeping motivated in your progress as a photographer.  By printing a large photo and hanging it in your home, you will receive compliments and comments for many years to come.  Also, it’s a great way to advertise your photography to people who come to your home or place of business.  I did this a few months ago and it made me happy every time I walked into the room for weeks.

This can change your photography forever by motivating you to capture that great “wall hanger” of a photo that you are always seeking to create.

Action #13: Take your camera into a dark room and learn it! (10 minutes)

No, not the kind of darkroom where you work with film, but a regular room with no lights on.  Then, change your shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focus mode, focus point, etc.  Can you do it without thinking or trying to look at the buttons?  It might seem silly, but whenever I hold a workshop, this is one of the biggest limitations of my students–they simply don’t know their camera well enough that they can focus on the art rather than the technology.

How long will you let the buttons keep you from taking great pictures?  Make today the day you sit down and get things sorted out so you can start enjoying photography again.  It’s time.

Action #14: Create a photography bucket list (30 minutes)

Decide what you want to accomplish in the world of photography.  Would you eventually like to shoot professionally?  Would you like to travel to distant countries to shoot photography?  Is it your goal to participate in charity events like Help Portrait?  Do you want to get published?  Want to become a photojournalist?  Do you dream of shooting the cover of a magazine?  Whatever your aspirations, commit to them and start working.

I personally created a bucket list (not photography specific) when I was a teenager.  That simple list has pushed me to accomplish things that I never would have accomplished otherwise.  I learned a second language, broke a Guinness World Record, was a student body officer in college, and will soon complete my goal of earning a doctorate degree.  Making a list of photography goals will change your photography forever if you commit to accomplishing them.

Action #15: If you love shooting portraits, discover Model Mayhem

In teaching photography workshops, I am shocked at the number of photographers who enjoy shooting portraits, but never feel they are “good enough” to do a model shoot.  What a shame!  If you enjoy shooting portraits but are getting tired of shooting your friends and family all the time, then take that next step and get a model for a shoot.  ModelMayhem is a website that lists photographers and models so you can get together with a model for a shoot.  Many, or most, of the models are willing to do a shoot for free if you give them copies of the pictures and explain some of the details about what you want to do.

It’s easy, it can be fun for portrait photographers, and it will give you a boost in your confidence as a photographer that will affect your photography for years to come.  Also, it’s the PERFECT way to help you start a photography business, because you’ll have pictures of great looking people to feature on your site.

Action #16: Learn photography with a photo essay (1 hour)

A photo essay or photo project is simply a collection of 10 or 15 photos with a similar theme.  Starting a photo essay can not only help you get some recognition, it can help you to take pictures that truly communicate feelings or messages to the viewer.  Learning this vital skill will benefit your photography for the rest of your life.

Action #17:  If you live in the United States, go register your photos (30 minutes)

In a former life I was a law student, so I’m a sucker for the legal aspects of photography.  If you take photos, you already own the copyright to them; however, if someone takes your photo and plasters it on a billboard, you will not be nearly as protected if you haven’t registered your photos.  Among other things, registration will allow you to collect statutory damages.  No clue what statutory damages are?  Just trust me… it would put a smile on your face.  For more information on how to register your photos, read this article by the Photo Attorney.

Protecting your legal rights as photographer will certainly change your photography forever.

Action #18: Make some photo buddies (20 minutes)

Photography is fun and exciting when practiced alone, but it can be lots more fun when you have someone to do it with.  If you spend 20 minutes on Flickr looking for local photographers, or search for a local photography club, or even email another local photographer, you could be well on your way to establishing a relationship with a local photographer who you can enjoy your hobby with.  This makes photography trips more fun, you can share gear, you can learn new tips, and you’ll have someone to be excited for you when you get a great shot.

Another great place to find photo buddies is through Meetup.com.  In most cities, there are a few groups of photographers who you can meet up with for free!

Action #19: Make a list of 20 locations you want to shoot this year (1 hour)

I can’t stand to hear photographers say that they didn’t get up to shoot the sunrise because they weren’t sure what to take pictures of.  As the old quote goes, “There are only a fixed number of sunrises and sunsets to be enjoyed in a lifetime.  The wise photographer will do the math and not waste any of them.”  Writing down a list of 20 interesting places in your town will help you to get out of the house because you won’t have the “there’s nothing to shoot” excuse.  Every town has great places to shoot if you just put your mind to it.

Action #20: Rent a new lens

Buying a new lens can be quite expensive, but renting is very affordable.  By renting a new lens, you’ll see things in a whole new way.  Often, when I’m going on a big photography trip, I try to get my hands on a new lens so I can see things with a fresh perspective.  If you haven’t rented before, then I would recommend BorrowLenses.com.  They are honest people with high-quality gear, and they give back to the photo community.  If you’re not sure what to rent from BorrowLenses, then check out my list of the most outstanding lenses available.

Treating yourself to a new lens can change your photography forever by helping you to break out of your box and develop a new technique that you will likely use for the rest of your life.  Rent something fun.  If you shoot landscape, then rent a long wildlife lens;  If you shoot portraits, then rent a fisheye; If you usually shoot macro, then try a wide-angle lens.  Renting a lens can definitely help you get out of a rut.

Action #21: Go read the two best photography tutorials ever written (35 minutes)

In my opinion, the two best photography tutorials ever written are The HDR Tutorial by Trey Ratcliff and The Off-Camera Lighting Tutorial by David Hobby.  If you haven’t read these tutorials or learned about these two techniques, your photography is not as good as it could be.  These are the only two articles I can recommend that would actually change your photography forever.  They are that good!

Action #22: Share this article on Facebook or Twitter by pressing the button at the top right

Okay… fine.  This definitely won’t change your photography forever, but I would appreciate you paying it forward by sharing your knowledge of this article with the people on your social networks.  It’s easy and it’s a big help to me.

To become part of the Improve Photography community, LIKE our Facebook fan page.  I personally answer every photography question posted on the Facebook page.


Oh, and I got the idea for this post from a totally unrelated website, ManVsDebt.  If you’re into entrepreneurship and personal finance, it’s a great blog.



  1. Fiona Young

    This was EXCELLENT. Thank you. Some of these points were already on my list, most were not, but regardless, you’ve put together a succint no-nonsense list of points that are sure to improve my work. Great job.

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      Jim Harmer

      Glad you got some benefit out of the article, Fiona. Thanks I for taking the time to leave a nice comment.

  2. twathorse

    Excellent pointers, I’ve been working on some of these already and didn’t know it. I’m glad that I’ve led myself down the right path, thanks for the guidance.

  3. Katherine Lightner

    Excellent! So many inspiring items on this list to jump start my photography. Some of these I’ve done but most I’ve not. This list will be immensely helpful in getting some focus back to my photography.

  4. Katie w

    Really great article! Off to do 21 next and love 4. Thanks a ton for taking the time for this and I am a new FB fan! Sent from clickin moms, by the way.

  5. Kerri

    How did you know I needed this today? :-) I’m bookmarking the page, printing it out, taping it to the fridge and gonna tackle it! Fantastic.

  6. Stephanie

    Very nice article. I would really like to do a photo essay and also submit and article, I just need to decide on the topics!

  7. Hayley

    Great inspiring checklist! Definitely a fridge hanger.
    PS: I liked your article about proper camera holding technique. Now I notice it in every photo I see of someone holding a camera…like the one above :)

  8. Eva

    Wow! Simple but powerful! I’ve done many, glad to know I’m on the right track. I’ve marked this so I can review frequently. Thank You!

  9. Andrea A

    Thank you so much- this is an awesome article. So many things to think about- I have been feeling a little stagnant in my photography, but now I am feeling like I have a direction to go in. Thanks!

  10. Katherine

    This is a really great article. I take a lot of photos but I didn’t really know where to go with it and this really helped! I’m passing it along to the readers of my blog/facebook/twitter because I found it great. Thanks!

  11. Royce

    I just got some lights and a sb 7000 speedlight adn know nothing of this but i realy want to learn so , this looks like s start for As always I’m thanking you jim for helping

  12. Rick

    #23 Learn the beauty of monochrome. Go back and re-edit some of your photos, or head out with the purpose of shooting with that purpose in mind.

    #24 (actually an extension of #10) Start a photoblog with your own domain to promote your own personal branding. It’s fairly inexpensive, and sites like Posterous and Tumblr make it easy to post.

  13. Angela

    I am new to photography. I just recently purchased my first DSLR, a Canon Rebel T3i. Many years ago I fell in love with photography but never had the opportunity to begin the journey. I am now a very young 41 and I look forward to many years snapping memories. This article will be very helpful for me to reach my dreams, because there is a fire in my heart to take great photos.

  14. Peggy

    I’m glad that a good friend shared this with me. Thanks Sherry. I love taking pictures of everyone and everything. I’m not really great at it but am going to give some of these ideas a try. Very interesting.

  15. Shawna

    I loved this and I am going to try it. I have a FB page under The Master’s Touch Photography. Please like me…..

  16. serg

    Hey man, just found your link on smart passive income.com- Great stuff! I would love to see a post on taking awesome iphone pics using camera+

  17. Mike Hirst

    This is a great post. Came across your site after reading about it on Pat Flynn’s site and loved it. My favorite tip (even though I’m not a photography guy), is the idea of taking your area of expertise and making it a T! What an awesome idea that can be applied to basically any area in life. I’ll certainly be stealing this concept :-) Thanks!

  18. Kathrin

    I’ve just read your Post and i wanted to tell you that you’re so right. I liked the one with the exibithions and essays. I just started preparing my pictures for exibithions and i started an essay porject and you’re right. It really helps me to improve my one photographys.

  19. Jonathan Butterworth

    Great post! I read Pat’s article on SPI and wanted to check out your website. I have just recently become interested in photography and this post was extremely helpful. I have been experimenting with HDR photography and recently started doing some levitation photos. I still don’t think I know what direction I want to take with my photography yet. I am just trying to take pictures everyday and learn as much as I can.

  20. Brett

    The one about the online photo portfolio is good – I did that a few years ago and at one point my site was #1 for “peacock” in Google images!

  21. Archie

    You were shooting for “epic” and you hit the target. Keep up this kind of unique yet genuinely valuable content and you will be part of the cream of the crop for photography training on the web!

  22. Claudia

    Very good article, I think I am half way through your points.
    Unfortunately I have no clue if my photos are good enough and I am a bit shy to send them to any contest :/

  23. Cal

    Great tips indeed! I could have really used #13 when I was photographing the volcano at night. I know I missed a few really good shots because I was messing around with the exposure.

  24. Mats

    Thanks for the great post, found it through smartpassiveincome.com but I also have a photo interest and my brother to, will share it further! :)

  25. Laura

    This is a great list; I particularly love that you gave time estimates showing how easy it is to fit these things into even the busiest of lives! Even though I’m just a hobbyist when it comes to photography, I’ll definitely be keeping this list handy. Thanks!

  26. Nate

    Great article! I LOVE Man Vs. Debt! Adam Baker is a great guy of whom I have a lot in common with.

    I will print this article and attempt to touch on each of your suggestions.

    Thanks again.

  27. Dennis J

    There is a link in “Action 21” – the HDR Tutorial page – that contains some serious malicious code. If you run Windows, by all means DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS on the “HDR Tutorial” page. I just did and am now looking at a dead windows 7 machine as it tells me it is unable to restart.

  28. Kate

    I’m thrilled to have found your tips. There are several here that I am excited to try out: ModelMayhem and non-photographer critique among them. I also love your comment about not needing to expose every shadow in order to have a great shot. It’s about the light and the composition or “eye” factor. HDR can be really good or really artificial looking.

  29. Nicolette

    I guess I will start at #1 and work my way to #22. I was getting despaired, you’ve given me hope again. I have shared it on FB. Thank you for sharing

  30. Justin | AdSense Flippers

    The picture you selected as the best you’ve ever seen is just ridiculously good. I was SO impressed…that photographer has some others that are breathtaking as well. Just…awesome!

  31. Kitty

    I love these tips! I’m a budding photographer, who is also in law school! I’ve never met another law student who likes photography! Thanks for the great tips!

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  33. Freda

    Very inspiring indeed – i cannot change my settings in the dark and I do not think many can but that one got me!!! Great work excellent article and I posted it on my facebook business page – that one I have mastered already. Thanks for your time that went into writing this!

  34. Megan

    I LOVED your article. I found it through p pinterest. Very inspiring and motivational! Thank you for taking the time to write it!

  35. Caitlin

    I came across your website through StumbleUpon and really appreciate the advice! I bought my first DSLR a few months ago to entertain my photography hobby and have been wanting to try portraits, but didn’t know how to ask people. Also, the lense renting sounds like a good option for this poor college student. Great advice, thank you!

  36. Amy Yates

    Thank you so much for the inspiration. I loved the suggestion to find what kind of photos you’re drawn to. It really opened my eyes to my style rather than “that’s a pretty picture”. Also thank you so much for the sunrise inspiration. Forget sleeping in tomorrow (Sunday) I love mornings I don’t know why I don’t take advantage of capturing my favorite part of the day in pictures. Sorry for the novel but you did your good deed for the day – you were my motivational speaker and free to boot :_)

  37. Clair

    Thanks so much for such a well thought out article. I’m continually looking for ways to improve my photography, but really needed some direction. I’ll be tackling this list one step at a time!

  38. Ashley

    I saw a link to this article on a Facebook page I follow: Paper Coterie. I really enjoyed reading this and I’m looking forward to following many of your suggestions. I have also added your blog feed to my google reader so I can see your new posts. Thanks for what you do!

  39. CheyAnne Sexton

    I went and looked at what you picked as the best photo ever and I would agree that this is totally wonderful. the Lighting is incredible how it lights up the single golden tree and yet includes the mist hanging around. Very good find
    peace n abundance,

  40. Kirsten

    Excellent! I can’t stop reading your posts. I want to try everything, but will just have to stick with a few for now. Learning how to take pictures at night is #1 on my list.

  41. Morrie

    Excellent piece. Here’s hoping this will truly be life-changing for me and anyone else who benefits from my “Liking” your page. Many thanks.

  42. Morrie

    Excellent piece. Here’s wishing this will be life-changing for me and anyone else who benefits from my sharing your page. Many thanks.

    1. Scott

      Great advice, except for one, real photographers do not use/need Photoshop, graphic artists yes, but a photograph ceases being a photograph as soon as you manipulate it into something you did not or could not photograph with your camera and skills alone. That’s a fact :)

  43. Angela

    I really just started shooting. I love being behind the lens. It feeds my soul. Once in awhile I get a good shot. I am still learning alot. I read anything and everything I can. I also spend a LOT of time “playing” with my camera as I am a tactile learner. This article was one of the best reads I have seen recently.Very encouraging. Thank you for writing it. Absolutely sharing!

  44. marla

    This post is AMAZING!! You are such an inspiration. Each and every action is well thought out and gives me so much awareness. I am very tempted to write that guest post for you….and to learn lots more!

  45. Denise B.

    Thanks so much for this article. I have been a point and shoot enthusiast for many years and in June 2011 I finally upgraded to a DSLR. Which I love. I have taken an intro class at the community college to get a better understanding of how this camera really works. I definatly want to branch out and try some of your action items. I always wanted to show off (if you will) some of my pics but I always get intimidated and think what right do I have showing off these OK images, I am not professional. But I really think some of these action items will go along way for my confidence. Thanks so much and I will look for you on facebook! Denise

  46. Cristy

    This was just what I needed today! I am a I am a certified photographer and sometimes I still need a kick in the pants to get me out of my rut. I am getting ready to write my goal list for 2012 and this really put a fresh spin on how I am going to write my goals this year.
    Many Thanks!!

  47. Anna Marie Sheffield

    I am so excited to find your site! My love is photography, but I have never had a fancy camera. This digital age is so exciting for this grandma! Your ideas are now on my New Years list! Thanks!!

  48. Henry Shaw

    Better advice to help someone advance in the craft using logical steps I have never found. If you approach this list one item a day you’ll be over the hump in no time.

  49. Christopher

    Thank you so much for this article, Jim. I read through it, and could feel my confidence increasing as it helps to have a little direction. I’m working on setting goals for myself as a professional photographer, and your article will definitely help. I also posted it on my facebook page and my fan page (el Mundo Photography)

    Thanx again!!!

  50. image191

    Great read! Thank you for posting this. I need to get on some of these and do them like registering my photos or write a guest post.

  51. Helen

    Thank you…I’m sharing this with my new photo buddies. Really great advice that I plan to implement asap.

  52. Adrienne Fernandes

    I so love you for writing this! Thx a bunch and keep inspiring! You made my day!

  53. carol

    Great info shared w/my photo buddies, your info definitley makes u think; an want to do more research on all topics that has links… thanks for sharing an caring for your fella Photographers!!! much success to you

  54. Eliz

    I love this, some great advice condensed and categorized, and many things I hadn’t thought of. Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!

  55. Debbie

    Thanks for such an incredibly thoughtful article. I’ve set my alarm to shoot the sunrise tomorrow!

  56. joanna schoff

    This is an amazing article with so many fresh ideas! Thank you.
    Wondered if you knew of any online site where you could keep track of your photog goals, inspirational work etc. Like a photo journal.

  57. KW

    Good advice for people starting out specially renting new lenses to try out different things.

  58. Toni

    Awesome article. Thank you for the information on registering your photos.

  59. Elfin Morgan

    Wow! This is SO awesome!!! I’ve been into photography my whole life, but I need some direction. Reading entire books on Photoshop is too overwhelming and time consuming. Being the mother of 5 little kids I have lots of subjects, but not a lot of time or money for taking classes. This article is so inspiring. Love it!!! Thank you!

  60. photochamp

    I’ve been searching for good photography assistance sites and WOW, I found your site. Really exciting, great advice, and really solid useful recommendations. Thank you soo much.

  61. Candidphotolover

    This is an awesome, awesome action list! Just the type of thing “new” photographers need to start gaining skill, motivation and perspective. Thank you and keep these types of articles a-comin’! :)

  62. goobernutz

    I did 1 through 21 and my photography has changed forever! But now I’m too busy photographic supermodels and I can’t keep Will Smith away. He’s such a narcissist! Yo, take more photos of me man. You da best. How did you get so good? He keeps asking. But I don’t want to give away my secret. Which is why I never got around to number 22.

    Sorry man. I’m taking my secret list of 21 things to the grave!

  63. farzana

    i liked this “T” learning:-) i do appreciate ur tips n guidelines dear author. from the a fore said i actually very much write guest posts on photos & that really works. a non-photographer critique is again very helpful, i believe. as photochamp said, Wow! very much wonderful a website!!! TNX.

  64. Anonymous

    * Wonderful in the eyes of the God * Christ is between all,to let us to see and experience how much we are wonderful in His eyes,living by the will of the Lord * Praise God * The Lord bless,heals and protect you * Amen *

  65. Wallace

    this was an awesome article!! Thanks for some outside the box tips. This is going to be a big year personally and I hope photography is a big part of it!! Thanks again!!

  66. Deepak Raj Sharma

    It is a great & very awesome artical.Thanks a lot .Actually photography is not a simple but need very detail study.Thanks again!

  67. Suzan

    Really interesting article and helpful. My one concern is regarding the photographs you put on Facebook (#11). I recently re-read the FB agreement and it clearly states that they have permission to use your photographs. “you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.” What are your thoughts on this?

  68. Sue Ossmann

    Very inspiring article – I’m so glad my photo buddy sent this page to me – looking forward to reading more articles here :) thanks!!

  69. Kristen

    I seriously learned at least 20 new things and found a ton of inspiration from the one article!!! Thank you!

  70. Ellya Brill

    This is great article! As a beginner photographer, this is just what I need. Very inspirational! I definitely will Like your FB fan page. Thank you!

  71. Peter Lebow

    Thanks for this article – very good idea – I’m already naturally practising a few of them but it is always good to see other things I can be doing :)

  72. Karen

    You advise registering our photos (#17) but the link to the article no longer works — or at least it did not for me. Can you direct me to the article? Thanks!

  73. Evelyn

    Thanks so very much for this article! I recently was able to afford purchasing my first DSLR camera. I owned a point & shoot camera and photographed with my phone for years as a hobby with positive feedback on several of my shots. However, I have found that now with a DSLR, it’s a totally new ball field so I need to study my camera & re-learn what I thought I already knew in order to step it up a notch. I’m excited about all the tips you provided & look forward to following your page & posts. Thanks again & happy 2014!

  74. leslie

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your knowledge, your words gave me inspiration.

  75. Niki arian

    Thank you very much for this article. I am super excited to rent gear! As with every other article of yours, I learn something new everyday.

  76. Morpho

    Great article, Jim! I really appreciate the way you sort out all these tips.

    I have already done a big amount of these, like participating in Contests, making a website (www.redbubble.com/people/morphopyrrou), launching a Facebook fan page (https://www.facebook.com/morphography.morphopyrrou.photography), reading tutorials, having a look at photos and photographers, get to know and share knowledge with other photographers, write a post for a blog, although it has never been published (I can send it to you if you are interested), having my own blog etc….



  77. Joel Baker

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience and knowledge. I have learned more from your posts, blogs and such that I cannot wait for the next topic! I am new, but passionate. The digital revolution has removed the financial restraints of “shooting to learn” from me and allowed me to become more creative. I look foreward to expanding my knowledge base with your tutorials and hope to, someday, make a name for myself in the industry, even id it is a small name!

  78. Greg Butler

    I appreciate the depth of this post. You have good insights about the craft of photography. I’m a working pro photographer but there are some things you mention here that I haven’t done, like the 75 photos on a table for a non-photographer to critique, and taking my camera into a dark room. Both of these, I’m sure, will prove invaluable.

    Thanks for taking the time to put this all together.

  79. Lee

    This article is AMAZING! Thank you so much! I am going to do every one of these, and I know I will feel much more confident about my photography. These are fantastic ideas. Thank you for taking the time and inclination to share them.

  80. Raine@Esignatures

    If you really do want to improve, you have to pick up your camera and shoot. Let yourself determine your own style. Shoot whatever you enjoy.

  81. Maria Manjelo

    Great article. Some excellent points are made. I do few of these already and I like some of the new improvement ideas on here. Thanks for sharing

  82. lakshmisha

    I thank you for sharing the information, I’m finding the information about photography to learn and i got more tips here. i thank you once again for it.

  83. Vanessa

    My daughter wants to be a photographer. This article is great. You are giving out good information. She is learning. This is going to help her. Thanks

  84. Kathie

    Great motivational list. Looking forward to working on some of these, starting with the articles listed in # 21. Thanks!

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