1. Create a series
Often we think about photographs as one off images. That’s fine, but photographs are at their most powerful when you create a series on a theme. A series allows you to create a narrative, tell a story and explore your subject deeper. The trick is to know what your series is about and that’s where you have to tap in to what interested you the most, whether that’s a person, a place or an event.
2. Be ruthless
Sometimes you can work really hard to photograph something. It might mean spending a day walking to a viewpoint, waiting for the weather to clear or battling with your confidence on the street. The more effort you put in the better your pictures will be. But sometimes things still don’t work out. Always be objective about your pictures. Don’t hold on to ones which don’t work simply because they were hard to get. Viewers judge a image on its own merits rather than how hard it was to capture, so be ruthless with your editing!
3. Choose your lens carefully
I see it all the time on Frui holidays and courses. Frusters see something interesting but then capture it with the wrong lens, whether it’s too wide or too tight. Your choice of lens has more impact on your composition than anything else. You have to make sure that you’re using the right lens for the right subjects. Wide angle lenses make environmental details all important, while telephoto lenses concentrate attention on the subject. Think about what you’re trying to capture and then choose your lens.