Practice doesn’t make perfect. What if you’re practicing it wrong? Only perfect practice makes perfect!
I read that quote from Roberto Valenzuela sometime ago and I’ve been thinking about it a lot. So today I would like to share a few thoughts on it.
Practicing is good to improve our skills, but we need to make sure we’re doing it right. I think the best way will be getting to know your camera and lenses very well, so you’ll be able to use the right techniques in all different situations.
How do you practice your skills?
What I usually do is:
- Look at lots of pictures on the internet, books and magazines. I try to understand what I like the most on them so I can reproduce those characteristics on my own photography.
- Go outside of my comfort zone, experimenting different things.
- Read about photography in blogs and sites, I always learn something.
- Try to think more in terms of quality than quantity. I like to think about the shot I want to get rather than shooting a dozen of images hoping that at least one will be good.
- Attend some online workshops and seminars, it’s always good to hear it from the pros!
- And of course, share my photos here so I can get feedback. That’s also part of the practicing process, right?
A few things I would like to do to improve my practicing:
– Read the manual of my camera!
– Start using a notebook to write down sudden ideas and inspirations.
– Use friends as models.
– Do workshops in my area and meet more people that share the same passion.
One last quote that I heard on CreativeLive’s workshop about Lighting Essentials that I think relates with the above:
“Imitate. Assimilate. Innovate.” by Don Giannatti.