As a Photographer You must Be Interested Not Interesting
This entire subject could really fill a book and could reasonably extend into a discussion on the meaning of life but… let’s just stick to photography.
As photographers we generally try find something interesting first, then take a shot right?
Thinking like that leaves you at a disadvantage because you are relying on external things to be interesting for you. In other words you are waiting for something external to you to do all the work and provide you with the interest.
Change your viewpoint, go out and “be interested” in your surroundings and FIND something interesting to photograph or FIND something interesting about life to photograph.
By injecting interest into your life and environment you will not only begin to find endless opportunities photographically speaking but you may also notice your life gets better.
A good photographer is not going to just wander around waiting for something to interest him or her. A good photographer will be actively seeking out things in which he or she can get interested in and find that special shot.
Try to Use Natural Light Wherever You Possibly Can. It’s more umm… natural!
Using direct flash in most circumstances can result in some pretty ordinary, if not downright scary images.
Likewise using artificial lighting is an entire skill unto itself that takes a lot of time and practice to get right.
Start off by getting good at using available light to your advantage. It not only sharpens your observational skills it will get you really thinking about all aspects of your shots from composition and angles to camera settings.