Back to Basics
June 17th, 2013 - Article by Aaron Cress
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Caption: The basic elements like lines and color are what help make a good image. -- Photo by: Aaron Cress --

Are you looking for a next new piece of gear to drastically improve your shooting or an advance technique to take your photography to the next level? Tired of hearing the same thing from all the photography books out there and want to know the real tricks to being a professional photographer? Well sorry to disappoint and what where you really expecting with the title being back to basics? There isn’t a trick to becoming pro or a special piece of gear you need to take beautiful photos.

The reason you see the same content over and over in workshops and in books it is because it really is the simple things like lines, color, composition, etc.. that are used together to make beautiful photos. Just like an athlete what separates a professional from a youth sports league isn’t the equipment or the arena the event takes place in, it’s the number of times the athlete has practiced the simple drills, the number of hours put into doing the same thing over and over. Photography is the same way except the drills are more mental than physical, lines, composition, color, movement, depth of field, etc..

Photography can become mentally exhausting and I am sure the flowers, kids, and pets photos all start to look the same after a while. How do you get out of the rut without buying new gear? Work on one of the basic elements in its simplest form. For example lines you could go out and look for the six basic types of lines; straight, curved, interrupted, zig zag, broken, and implied. Or you could create them as seen here and once you get done with one basic element try opening back up that basic photography book you have and working on the next drill.