20 Ways to Grow As a Photographer Without New Gear

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A photographer can stick with the same gear for their entire life and still improve on what they do. And there are many ways that you can get better without new gear if you simply just have the motivation. Are you ready?

Dedicate Yourself to a Project, and Give Yourself Deadlines

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Pick a Specific Genre and Stick With It

Model: Bec Fordyce

Model: Bec Fordyce

Research More in Your Genre, See How Other Photographers Progressed

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Get a Quarterly Portfolio Critique (They Really Work)

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Go Network, Surround Yourself With Creatives

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Put Your Work On Tumblr/Instagram (And Use Hashtags)

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Learn How to Use Light to Your Advantage

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Become One With a Single Focal Length

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Break the Rule of Thirds

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Go Shoot, and Focus on Creating Images That Clients Want to Pay For

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Go Through Your Archive and Improve Your Old Images

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Get Used to Keywording Your Images So You Can Search For Them Later

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Cut Your Portfolio Down to The Type of Work You Want to Put Forward

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Work With Other Photographers

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Go on Photowalks to Keep Your Reaction Times Up

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Improve Your People Skills

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Shoot at Least One Photo Every Day With the Intention of Making it the Best

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Remember That Photography Doesn’t End With the Camera

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Embrace the Power of Cropping an Image

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Just Do Something

This may indeed look like a mistake, but believe it or not after Photoshop accidentally created an image like this, I tweaked the images for days until I recreated the effect myself.

This may indeed look like a mistake, but believe it or not after Photoshop accidentally created an image like this, I tweaked the images for days until I recreated the effect myself.