Photography Exercises (for camera and mobile)

I have it very clear. The best method to learn photography, once you have the basic knowledge, is to practice. If you read me often you will know that for me “Practice makes a master” it’s like a mantra. And I won’t get tired of repeating it as many times as necessary, if I can help you with that. That is why today I have proposed to gather you in a single article all photography exercises which I consider a great help for you to improve as a photographer. Ready for training? oh! That you still have a lot to learn before practicing, good point, luckily we have a mega guide prepared for you, an essential guide so you can learn photography on your own.

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Why is it important to do photography exercises?

Any discipline requires training and practice to master it. A pianist spends hours at the piano, even if he is a virtuoso of the subject, like the best sportsman. Hours of training to correct mistakes, polish skills, improve physical or mental fitness, are a must! We agree on this, right?

Well, the same thing happens in photography, practicing is not only useful, but necessary. If you really like photography, you want to achieve impressive images and advance a little more every day, you have no choice but to do exercises to practice. The camera alone keeps in its bag and raising hollyhocks is not going to make your photos better. If you still have doubts, here we tell you the benefits of practicing with photography.

The type of exercises you do will depend on the moment, your needs or the photograph you feel like taking. For this reason, in this mega guide today I am going to leave you with exercises of a very diverse nature. So that you organize yourself as you prefer without running out of ideas. Although listen (or rather, read) my next recommendation. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT!!

make a calendar

My IMPORTANT advice is to mark a calendar. Practicing requires an effort and sometimes well… it’s lazy, yes, I’ve experienced it firsthand. But when you have set goals, everything is easier, I assure you, either because you have made a commitment to yourself or because you don’t have to think every time. “And what exercise do I do today?” (ahem… double laziness, right?). The reality is that our mind tends to meet the dates, without them we are more likely to procrastinate, that is, leave things for tomorrow. A deadline is a challenge and a predisposition to finish the task in that time frame.

You will only have to make a little effort the first time to plan an exercise calendar and from there… to train! The commitment is with you, do not fail!

Attention, set realistic goals! Do not come up with a tight schedule that you will not meet later and only serve to frustrate you more. If you have time left over, you can always repeat an exercise or bring another one forward on the calendar.

In fact, repeating the exercises is something I highly recommend. Yes, yes, repeat them until they seem to you suck on, throw yourselves or as you say in your land, but that you do them almost with eyes closed. It will be then when you have really mastered it.

Where can you find inspiration?

In addition to all the exercises that I am going to share with you today, there are other ways to seek inspiration when practicing photography:

  • photoshoots. Do you know our Photoretos? It’s like going to the gym, but to the photographic one. Every week we propose a different theme, we highlight a series of photos and there is also a winning photograph (with a prize, I say no more!).
  • Contests. Winning a contest is the cane!, but it is not the only objective. Entering contests is a way to keep creativity active and practice. So, when you run out of ideas, look for contests and practice the theme or the idea that they propose as the theme of it. Seriously, these are a great source of inspiration.
  • Photowalks. These photo walks are an excellent opportunity to go out and practice your favorite hobby in good company. Learning from others, sharing experiences, discovering other perspectives and new points of view, or giving and receiving constructive opinions, are some of its possibilities. It is an exercise that is priceless. Look around your area and, if you can’t find it, go ahead and organize one.
  • photography associations. Surely there is an association in your area. It doesn’t have to be a big one, as long as it helps you meet people, carry out activities, meetings, propose challenges, etc., it’s enough to keep up the photographic activity.

Get out of your comfort zone

Surely you have heard this phrase many times. There are those who think that if you are well why are you going to change anything. The question is… are you okay?! Do you already get the photographs of your life? Are you where you want to be photographically speaking?

If the answer is NO, my friend, getting out of your comfort zone is the only thing that will make you move forward and progress, the only way to bring about the changes in your photos that you need to see. If what you do now doesn’t work, you’ll have to do something different to get different results, don’t you think?

For it, dare to try new things, to set yourself challenges that you had never considered, immerse yourself in disciplines that seemed unattainable to you (and that with practice you will end up mastering), because that is the only secret, (in)formation and practice. You have the first on the blog, the second is up to you.

photography exercises

Now yes, let’s get into all the exercises you can do. Do you have paper and pen? Remember that you can also put this article in favorites 😉

photographic composition exercises

The composition of a photograph depends on how you place the elements of the scene within the frame. A good composition can save a technically imperfect photo. However, the reverse does not happen, if the composition is poor, no matter how perfect the image is technically, you will have nothing to do. It will be boring to death. His destination: the trash can.

Practice composing your photos

That’s why I recommend you practice with these exercises to improve your photographic compositions and with which I detail below:

  • Includes a vanishing point. Photograph it from different heights, see what happens as you get closer to the ground.
  • Use one or more lines to guide the eye to the center of interest.
  • Photograph a pattern, that is, an element that repeats itself rhythmically.
  • Photograph a pattern with an element that breaks or interrupts it.
  • Take a photograph of a symmetry and then try to include an element that breaks that symmetry.
  • Look for a composition through reflection that includes multiple layers or stories.
  • Break one or more photographic rules intentionally, with a criterion.
  • Photograph the same scene with different focal lengths.
  • Photograph the same object with different focal lengths but moving away and/or approaching to try to make it the same size in the different images.

To dominate the color in your photographic compositions, I also advise you to practice with these proposed exercises:

  • Take a photograph in which there is chromatic harmony.
  • Look for a scene contrasted by two complementary colors.
  • Take a picture with warm colors and another with cool colors.
  • Take a photo that includes a red element.

If you start from scratch, perhaps you would first be interested in knowing the 10 golden rules of photographic composition. And if you want more, here are 100 express tips to master composition.

photographic lighting exercises

Objects change their appearance depending on how the light hits them or where it comes from. Hard light is not the same as diffuse light. It is also not the same that it is a front light than a side light.

Listen, it is important that you understand this well before moving forward, because it will help you know when and how you have to photograph your subjects depending on what you want to convey or what you want to highlight about them.

Some training what can you do for understand the behavior of light:

  • Photograph the same object first with diffused light Y then with hard light.
  • Illuminate the same object from different directions and take a photograph of each of these situations.
  • Photograph an object or subject with or without a reflector. This can be any white or reflective surface, or a sheet of paper, aluminum foil, etc.
  • Take a portrait with the built-in flash, repeat it again but this time wrap the flash with a white tissue or cover it with a white bag.
  • Photograph the same object or subject with the same settings indoors but near the window; then a little farther; a third photo a little further still. When you observe what happens you will have discovered what the inverse square law. It wasn’t really that difficult, because knowing this will save you many photos.
  • Photograph the same place at different times of the day.

Do not stop at shooting and that’s it, each of these exercises is for you to analyze the result and check how the light behaves. Once you master it, everything will be much easier and more spectacular. You will see!

Exercises to develop the photographic eye

Some people are born with a photographic gift and come naturally to compositions. The rest of us mortals are not so lucky. The good news is that the photographic eye can be developed and trained, how? Simple: practicing, for example, with these exercises.

Photography exercises to do at home

I know, I am aware that sometimes we cannot leave the house, for whatever reason: a pandemic, a cold, a super storm, a baby taking a nap or we simply do not feel like it, that one also has the right to enjoy home, right?

Should that be a reason for not being able to practice photography? Absolutely! you can do these photographic exercises without leaving home or resort to these others ideas to practice photography at home.

What’s more, did you know that you had the possibility to learn some photographic concepts without leaving your chair with these simulators? either…. (you won’t believe this!) do a search for all of these photographic accessories that you already have at home and you don’t know and use some of them (or all 😉 ).

Exercises for urban and street photography

If your thing is to walk around the city in search of urban or street photographs, I propose this series of exercises to overcome fear when photographing on the street.

And it is that fear is what most paralyzes us when photographing strangers and in public places. That is why there are those who prefer stolenif you dare, here are some tips and tricks to practice with stolen portraits.

But there is more, these are other exercises that I invite you to do to practice street photography:

  • Find a setting to photograph in…