If you are a photographer and want to enhance your skills more in your free time, you're at the right place. No matter what your genre of work is, you can practice these exercises whenever possible, and enjoy the benefits. These 3 exercises will help you to develop communicative skills, learn different photography techniques, and acquire new skills. If you are a beginner photographer, you must practice these exercises, to grow and prosper in this profession.
Top 3 exercises for beginner photographers to excel
Recreate photos of famous photographers
Benefits:- This practice might sound weird, but it's effective. The more you go through the works of renowned photographers of your genre, the clearer your concept gets. Moreover, as you try to recreate the photographs that inspire you, you face the same challenges as the photographers might have faced while clicking those. So with this practice, your exposure, as well as experience, increases multiple folds.
What you need to do:- First of all, follow at least 15 acclaimed photographers of your niche on Instagram. Go through them regularly and choose the photos that you think you will be able to recreate. Don't select one that requires a skillset or equipment that you don't have, because it will break your confidence. Though you are recreating, try to add creativity, and your personal touch to it. You will find your language of photography soon through this exercise.
Approach strangers for portrait photography
Benefits:- People skills go hand in hand with camera skills, for a professional photographer. Be it dealing with clients or asking permission to shoot in restricted areas, you will need people skills throughout your career. Practicing this exercise will help you to brush up on your communication skills. You will also learn to shoot at any given condition, with any background or lighting.
What you need to do:- Go to any new place, and approach a stranger to click. Expect refusal at least 8 times per 10 people you approach at the beginning. But as you get better at making a good first impression and convincing people, you will find more and more people happily agreeing.
Experiment with settings
Benefits:- During a practice shoot, you can apply this technique. Stick to a single aperture while clicking the pictures. You can do this with shutter speed and focal length too. It's a bit tough to get the perfect composition when you shoot with a single focal length. The same goes for clicking a subject with a different depth of fields. The more you practice, the better you will understand the concepts.
What you need to do:- Choose any subject with a particular background. Click it with different focal lengths. lick the same subject at the same location with a wide and narrow aperture. You will get bokeh in the first case, and a crisp, sharp image in the second case. By using varying shutter speeds, you will learn to capture freezing motion as well as motion blur.
If you practice these exercises regularly, Your overall capability as a photographer will increase.
Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.