1) Take Photo Walks –
Go out and see the beauty of the world without distraction. Put your computer on sleep mode, turn off the TV, call a friend (or not), grab your camera and go on a walk. A Photo Walk is just what it sounds like: you go on a walk somewhere interesting and take photos if anything looks amazing or interesting. If you can do this at least once a week from 30 minutes to an hour, you will be amazing at what you can find. If you are local, look into joining up with famed photographer David Simchock with Vagabond Photo Walks in WNC.
2) Wake up early. See the sun rise over the world.
Waking up at 4am to trek up a mountain or to a vista carrying all of your gear just to take pictures may not sound like fun, but it can be extremely rewarding.
The most beautiful light of the day for photographs is either sunrise or sunset, also known as “golden hour”. With the sun low in the horizon, it gives your images the color, clarity and contrast that you will never get in the middle of the day when the sun is at its fullest. Need some inspirations to get up one day, check out my friend Stacy Redmon and his incredible images at Red Rock Photography
3 Experience all of the seasons: winter, spring, summer and fall
I happen to live in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. We get all four seasons here, though some are longer or shorter depending on the year. But most days are simply lovely and great for taking out the camera.
Got out and pick a tree, a location, or vista you like and make that “your spot for the season”. Take a photo or two each season from the same view point. The way it changes by season will surely surprise you as you look back on them. Did you remember when the trees were bare? Or when the green buds were just starting out? what about when the leaves were in full color? Using your camera will help you experience these things as you work to capture the beauty that each season has to offer.