25 Ways You Can Improve Your Photography Today


FACT: You can have the most expensive camera in the world but if you don’t know how to use it to its fullest potential, then nothing you do will matter. There are loads of ways to get better images without necessarily upgrading your camera to the very best there is. Instead, you can use that thing that you were born with: your brain.

To get you inspired, here are 25 quick ways to get inspired and improve your photography today.

Use The Crappiest Camera You Can Get Your Hands on to Focus More on Composition and Scenes

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Lomography Konstruktor first impressions (5 of 7)ISO 64001-800 sec at f - 3.5

Try Something That You Don’t Allow Yourself To (Like Flashes, Crazy Filters, etc)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Eyefi Mobile with Instagram (1 of 1)

Try Composing by Color


Use a Flash and Stopped Down Lens to Get Sharper Images

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Photos of Katie slight retouches (19 of 21)

Go to Galleries and Get Inspired By the Work of Others

Pop Art

Take a Specialized Photography Workshop

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus 45mm f1.8 sartorialist yet again (7 of 21)

Get the Hell Out There and Shoot

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica S2 Block Party at Grand St (12 of 13)ISO 160

Learn to Manually and Zone Focus

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 21mm f2.8 review images at night and stuff (10 of 11)ISO 3200

Shoot Film, That Way You’ll Need to Work With a Single ISO And Your Mind Will Adjust

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Film scans (27 of 74)

Start to Hate Your Work, And Justify To Yourself Why Your Photos Are Good

Felix Esser The Phoblographer Frankfurt Skyline Nikon D800

Shoot From the Hip

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony NEX 7 Street Photography (8 of 8)

Get Close to Your Subjects

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony NEX 6 Hands on Review  (25 of 27)ISO 100

Spend a Year Shooting With a Single Focal Length

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 35mm f1.4 first impressions (11 of 20)ISO 200

Spend a Year Doing a 365 Project That You Won’t Break

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 35mm f1.4 EX images on film (6 of 8)

Shoot Something Requiring a Tripod


Shoot Instant Film And Force Yourself To Carefully Gauge a Scene

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm Instant 100C of Brandon (1 of 1)

Find a Scene, and Wait For Something Cool to Happen

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 28mm f2.8 IS first impressions (5 of 31)ISO 1001-1250 sec at f - 2.8

Start Working With Different Angles

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 21mm f2.8 Canon EF mount review images street and landscape (22 of 29)ISO 1600

Learn to Work with Natural Light and Shadows

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon Rebel SL1 product photos review (6 of 9)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 5.0

Find a Balance Between Bokeh and Sharpness

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 35mm f2 IS image samples (8 of 9)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 2.8

Learn to Work With Back Lighting

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A99 review images (29 of 32)ISO 400

Develop an Eye for Knowing When to Overexpose and Underexpose

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A99 images with 135mm f1.8 (4 of 8)ISO 400

Realize That Every Photo Doesn’t Need to Be an HDR

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A99 camera review golden hour shooting (8 of 12)ISO 400

Instead of Gawking at Images, Figure Out What Makes Them Good to Masses

Pro Tip: You've heard of the golden hour and how awesome it is to shoot at that time. But have you heard of the blue hour? The blue hour is the short amount of time after the sun actually goes down but there is still just enough light to give everything a totally diffused light that is bluish in hue.

Put the Camera Down Sometimes


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Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.