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Ten things that I am doing to improve my photographic practice

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Below I am listing ten things which I am doing to improve my photographic practice.  I am doing these things to help myself transfer into a more creative image maker

I always shoot in RAW.  This gives me a true digital negative.  Jpegs were deciding for me what information they thought I needed retaining within an image.  Shooting in RAW gives full control back to me.  This naturally results in a better quality image.

If I like a piece of work I do my best to go and see it as it was meant to be seen so that it can be fully appreciated.

I use social media sites such as twitter to my full advantage.  This gives me a great opportunity to network with professionals who are already successful in my field of work.

I write regularly on my blog.  This attracts regular visitors who are then diverted to my website.  I don’t understand people who write four posts in one day on their blog then nothing for six months.

I read the right magazines.  Rather than buying the brightly coloured monthly magazines full of gleaming adverts I now read specialist periodicals which better suit my needs.

I make the most of every opportunity which arises and I treat every shoot as though this could be the one that gets me the break which I need.

My circle of friends has changed.  In order for me to take a more positive direction in life I have needed to surround myself with positive people.  This was an essential move in order for me to make progress within my practice.  Many of my friends or associates are models, photographers, graphic designers, web designers and artists.

I am trying to market myself as a quality, reliable product.  I am entering a very competitive field and understand that I need to be amongst the best at what I do.

I am no longer obsessed with the latest lens or camera.  I now see my camera as a tool.  Much like a mechanic who uses the correct size socket to remove a wheel nut.

I use a dictaphone.  This enables me to record lectures or talks which I attend.  A basic device, but something which is time saving and essential in the field of photography where the medium is using sound and moving images more than ever.

The ten things which I have listed here may not be ideal or suit everybody but they have worked for me.  We all need to recognise where our faults or weak areas lie and deal with them.


Written by Dean O'Brien

October 5, 2010 at 3:17 pm

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  1. Much how I felt when I made the transition from 1st Year to 2nd.
    Good advice for everyone here Dean.


    October 5, 2010 at 4:16 pm

  2. Thanks Harpreet. The changes are still happening and I could have listed another twenty I think but these were the biggest ones that i have made.

    Dean O'Brien

    October 5, 2010 at 4:30 pm

  3. Great start to the new year, if you follow your advice I’m sure you will have a sucessful time.


    October 5, 2010 at 6:53 pm

  4. I’ve been identifying my weakness too.
    I am focusing at the moment on better
    understanding software to organise &
    edit my photography.

    Chris Alford

    January 9, 2011 at 10:18 pm

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