“Las Vegas Construction Site — February, 2004”
© Copyright Michael Reichmann
You know the saying “Practice makes perfect.” I’m not familiar with practicing music, but my understanding is that you can achieve perfection — or at least the semblance of perfection — of playing a musical piece through regular and diligent practice.
With visual arts, such as photography, I think it’s different because what may be perfect to you may not be perfect to someone else. Or even the other way around. Your friend may really like a photo you shot, but you don’t like it that much, or you see lots of areas in that photo in which you could improve. Everyone is entitled to their opinion.
In any case though, I bet that we agree that the more you practice, the better you become at anything, and that definitely includes photography.
Michael Reichmann, a professional photographer for over 40 years, writes on his website Luminous-Landscape.com about how important and relatively easy it is to practice your photography. He explains, “You don’t need to go anywhere exotic. You don’t need to spend any money. You don’t need to take much time away from your other pursuits. Simply take a small digital camera (megapixels, price and almost everything else don’t matter), and start taking pictures.”
In his article, Michael lists some examples of daily tasks during which you could spend a few seconds taking photos, such as:
- walking to the deli at lunch time
- walking the dogs around the block in the evening
- looking out your bedroom window on a rainy afternoon
He shot the photo “Las Vegas Construction Site — February, 2004“, shown above, when he was walking to an early dinner meeting during a trade show visit in Las Vegas.
After you’ve taken your photos and you’ve copied them to your computer, he recommends analyzing your photos and reflecting on what you felt when you took the photo, if you’re able to communicate anything in the photo, and if you feel you made any technical errors in the photo. (This is one of the many reasons why you should never delete any photos from your camera.)
Michael also discusses the art of actively “seeing” objects in our daily lives, instead of just passively “looking” at them. It simply takes practice to start “seeing” photos before you’ve actually photographed them.
His article is a quick read, and I highly recommend it if you’re interested in improving and practicing your photography.
When do you practice your photography? Are there times during your regular day that you find convenient for snapping a few photos? Or times during the day when you’re going to start? Let us know in the comments.