One thing I've learnt in photography is that you become a better photographer when you have a better subject in front of you. I will take a better photo if the subject is some stunning scenery, like in Scotland (see LANDSCAPES page), than standing in front of a city office block. You feel more inspired to take a better photograph if the subject just screams out to be captured. So look around you and find something nice to photograph. It could be a flower, or a leaf just as easily as a great landscape. Just look....take lots of photos from different angles and in different light, or try a different lens. Just use your imagination and your eye......
None of us are born photographers. Like every other skill, it has to be learnt.
So approach photography as a learning exercise.
Take one technique at a time, read about it, study it, practice at it and when you think you have mastered it, move on to something else. Examples might be, correct exposure, using manual controls, composition, photographing birds, portraits, etc, etc.
I am still learning and it is an enjoyable, albeit sometimes frustrating process !
You may have noticed many more black & white converted photos creeping into this website. I have always enjoyed b&w since film days in the darkroom. The process entirely changes the way we look at a subject and creates a stronger image. Sometimes when a photo looks o.k. in colour but not great I convert it just to see if it improves it. Recently I bought some plug-ins for Photoshop that includes Silver Efex Pro. This software really does give you great control over a b&w conversion as you can see in some of my recent landscape shots.
Just back from touring the UK, visiting the Lake District, Scottish Highlands, Edinburgh and Northumberland. Tons of photos to process, so keep checking the website over the next few weeks as there will be plenty of interesting photos to view including some of Scottish Wildcats.....
I am a retired IT professional. I use my spare time by travelling and taking photographs. I love wildlife and history.