3 advanced tips in photography to use before you touch your camera

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This post on advanced tips in photography is going to give you 3 things to do before you even pick up your camera.

You'd think it would cover specific tips on digital camera instructions, photography composition, exposure, and photography lighting.  For that, you will to go straight to the post on the top ten photography tips. 

  1. Choose a mentor.
  2. Schedule private time.
  3. Get the right frame of mind.

Surprisingly, I am going to give you a proven 3-step method that you can apply to any area of your life you'd like to improve. The advanced tips are 1) finding someone who excels in what you want to improve, 2) setting aside uninterrupted "study" time, and 3) adapting the right mind set.

Okay, I know what you're thinking. You're saying Bruce, I'm looking for modern state-of-the-art photography tips. I know, but stay here with me for a minute. This is an unusual starting place for aspiring photographers, but keep reading. I promise you it's worth your while. 

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The basic elements of photography will become secondary and automatic for you with a little practice. This will enable you to concentrate on the creative side of photography.

This was always my big photography mistake for me early on in my photography career. I have attempted to evolve and become more of an artist. As a young boy, I was intent on learning about f-stops, shutter speeds and which chemical developing solution and photographic paper to use.

This was important to learn in those days because the cameras were simple and needed a knowledgeable photographer to get good photos. Having more of a scientific, logical, deductive kind of mind made the technical stuff come easy to me.

What I should have also been doing was developing my creative side as well. My favorite photography book was Creative Darkroom Techniques, a book from Kodak.

I was fascinated by burning and dodging techniques as well as the sabattier effect and modifying printing and developing processes. It was full of advanced photography tips pertaining to post-capture or after the photo was taken. I knew nothing about the rule of thirds in photography, or about balance, perspective or leading lines. I didn't know any talented photographers with advanced photography knowledge.

Here are the tips get to a mastery of advanced photography:

1. find a mentor or a photography coach

Study a master of the type of photography you want to improve. Normally we think of a mentor as someone we interact with on a periodic basis. Times have changed. Dead or alive, your mentor has examples of his/her photography published on the web. The internet gives you access to any photographer's blog, Facebook on online gallery.

Lock in on the advanced techniques your favorite photographer uses. No, you don't have to pay for coaching if you don't want to. I've made it a point to find photographers I like and have attended seminars workshops in the following areas of photography: 

Senior Portrait Photos

Wildlife Photography

Macro Photography


Photography Marketing

Now that I've done several group workshops for adults and kids, I do private photography coaching too. 

Copy of Ansel Adam's Moon Rise Over Hernandez

Many would argue that Ansel Adams is perhaps the most well-known photographer of all time.

His love of nature and his advanced mastery of modifying film developing and printing made his work World renown.

If you have an interest in black and white nature photography, there could be no better place to start.

Would you like to be able to use some creative baby poses? Study the work of Anne Geddes. Just tap into some of the ideas she has and you are taking a step toward more advanced photography.

If you want to improve your portrait photography poses, maybe I can help. I wouldn't call myself a master, but I have learned a lot and provided a lot of tips for family portraits and individual posing here: Portrait Photography Tips.

2. schedule the time for your advanced tips in photography learning

Block off the time. To become a master or at least become an advanced photographer, it takes a little commitment. Block off some time where you will be UNinterrupted for concentration and focus.  Even if it's only an hour a week to check out  a few photography tips, or view a few online photo galleries, it is very valuable to have that time committed to improving your photography.

Give yourself a written assignment and a deadline, as if you were in photography school. That's exactly what I did when I gave myself a photography assignment on close up photography: Macro Photography.

Then block off another hour to try and implement a few of those advanced techniques. Make it fun! Experiment a bit. Get your creative juices flowing. Make a few photo mistakes on the way.

3. attitude is everything

Have a PMA. Positive Mental Attitude. It has been proven that we humans act, feel and have more success if we at first imagine a better performance in our mind. The greatest pro athletes do this all of the time.

I am sure this may a bit "out there" for a few of you, but many studies have proven this works.  Have fun with this, but at the same time expect positive results in better picture taking.

Picture yourself taking a great photo, or learning an advanced photography tip. Visualize yourself as a creative talent. It may feel silly at first, but repetition is the mother of learning. Have a belief that there are great photographs everywhere, just waiting to be taken by you. Whatever you focus on, the more you focus on it, it will start to appear more often.

These advanced tips in photography are really tips for anything you want to accomplish in life. Studying from those that have already had success. Consistently committing time to the process. Nurturing the right attitudes and belief about your progress.

Creative Photo Techniques. This is the first article in a series on creative photography tips that involves using digital photo editing software. Making multi-exposure photos was one of the advanced tips in photography that I tried in the days of film photography and printing in the darkroom.

This website has a wide variety of advanced digital photo tips as well as beginners photography tips. Shoot more photos. Shoot better photos.

You should understand at least the basic technical stuff that is relevant to the kind of photography you are doing. That includes understanding, and I mean really understanding the exposure triangle. You will want to be familiar with composition rules like the rule of thirds, as well as the 4 elements of light.

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