Inspiring others is something that is truly close to my heart. I love giving feedback and sharing how I create the photos that I do. Keeping tips and tricks to oneself simply isn’t something that sits rights with me. I believe the fact that I am open to sharing displays a higher level of confidence in my work and ability than compared to someone who refuses to do so. For that reason, I’d love to share some of my top tips that will help improve your photography. This list consist of things that are my personal opinion. I do not think I am perfect and I am very aware of how much there still is to learn. This list is also more mental than technical. I will still write a blog focused on technical tips. Before you read that blog, I want you to familiarise yourself with what I’ve written in this post. If you can achieve proficiency with these tips, you’ll be better equipped to apply more technical aspects.
I’d like to start off with a simple tip that will go a long way to improve your mental state as a photographer. Comparison is toxic and an unfortunate result of social media. The really sad thing is that a lot of creatives with massive potential struggle with this problem. Comparing yourself to others takes the focus off of your own work, something you cannot afford. If you find that you’re struggling with toxic comparison, try to take a set back from the level of content you consume. Make a point of shifting more attention to your own work. If you crave viewing content, try to watch YouTube videos by people. Someone whom I can highly recommend for this is Jared Polin. Jared’s sincere way of education takes away comparison by injecting learning. Improve your photography by keeping away from negative comparison.
Gauteng, South Africa
Louw Lemmer is a South African photographer and creative director who tells vibrant visual stories that captivate both mind and soul. Within subject-matter and colour-grade, he sets himself apart by constantly developing a unique style.