Seven Habits That Make Better Photographers…

Blackbird Photo by Scott Bourne


I know what you are thinking. How can I work on my photography without a camera? Well eventually you will indeed need one. But these are all things you can do with just your mind. Give it a try.

(I should note that these habits have worked for me and countless people whom I have taught over the years. If you open your mind, I am sure at least some of them will work for you too.)

hummingbird photo by Scott Bourne


Laugh, relax, have fun and don’t take yourself too seriously. Be curious, happy, easy-going and open. This mindset opens up your heart which in turn opens up your creativity.


Read. Read fiction books because this helps you to visualize things in your mind’s eye. Visualization exercises make for better photographers.


Believe in yourself. Believe that you are worthy of love, joy, happiness, success, connection and empowerment. Self-esteem is a bigger part of successful photography than most people realize.

great blue heron photo by Scott Bourne


Stop and pay attention to the world around you. Observe everything. In fact, be a careful observer or light, shape, and form. Look at the world with a keen eye. Study everything. Take note of everything. Memorialize anything and everything that you think is important or potentially useful in the future.


Be you. Everyone else is already taken. Don’t concentrate on being just like someone else. Don’t try to copy anyone else or take on their persona. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Just be you. That authenticity is what will set your photos apart from everyone else’s photos.

Kestrel photo by Scott Bourne


Connect, network and spend time with other photographers. It doesn’t matter whether you go out photographing together. Just spend time together. Cultivate that relationship. Friendships often breed creativity.


Be generous. Give back. Be charitable. Share your talents, time, wisdom, money, heart with those who are in need. This giving may or may not be related to photography. It doesn’t matter. It will tune your inner self to be more empathetic which in turn will make you a better photographer.

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