Brushing Up On Your Skills


If you live in the Northern hemisphere, spring officially started just a few days ago.  And for those of you living in the southern hemisphere, I’m sorry about your luck.  Regardless of whether you’re getting out your winter cloths or putting them away, such a season change is a great opportunity to brush up on your skills.  The season ahead of you is packed full of it’s own challenges, and so we want to make sure your skills are up to snuff.

I like to start by looking over my habits.  Some are bad habits that I should work on eliminating.  For example, I sometimes fall into laziness with my shooting, and I’m not shooting manual as much as I should.  So I challenge myself to shoot full-manual, just to make sure I keep my skills sharp.  Other habits – such as your pre-session routine – are good to have.  Maybe it would be beneficial to practice a tried and true technique practiced by those who walked this path before you.  And don’t forget to turn off auto-focus every once in a  while as well.  Take the opportunity to reinforce such routines and habits.

It’s not just about technical skills though.  All of our creations are ultimately inspired.  We can be inspired by world renowned photographs.  But we can also be inspired by undiscovered talent and unconventional photographers.  We can find inspiration in single photos, and we can be inspired by a collection of photos sharing a theme.  Sometimes it’s not inspiration that we need.  Perhaps we need to be reminded of simple truths that debunk our misconceptions.  And while it may hurt sometimes, our photos can really change  lives.

Happy Season Change!  I hope you’re prepared.



About Author

D. Travis North is a professional Landscape Architect, a Freelance Photographer and founder of Shutter Photo. Ever since he picked up his first SLR, his father's Nikon N2000, he's been hooked on photography. Travis likes to photograph urban environments, architectural details and has a new-found interest in close-up photography. His work can be found at D. Travis North Photography. Follow Travis on twitter: @dtnorth.

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