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Best Way to Improve Your Photography Skills by kirawinter Best Way to Improve Your Photography Skills by kirawinter
Almost everyday I recieve messages asking how to improve photography skills or for any photography tips.
Before I ve send list of books that I like... but some people told me - I dont want to read! Just say how I can impove my skills faster and thats all I need...
Well, I have bad news.
I think best advice that I can give to you - HARD WORK.
I took two photos of the same character, I really like first one when I took it, it was at 2009, and after that I took 115 shoots... Lets calculate. I ve spent around 6 hours each time to take photos. Each shoot have around 9 photos. I ve spent around 30 minutes to edit one photo.
115x6=690 hours taking photos
115x9=1035 photos
1035x30=31050 minutes of editing /60= 517 hours

To improve my skills like this I ve spent 1207 hours= 50 days. And thats only practice, btw I also read books and tutorials. (At least 2-3 book about photography, editing, and art in one month).

So, are you think I can give you some nice advice how to be cool photographer in two days? NO. If you want to do something good, you need to work everyday, and you will get big improvement. There are no magical secrets or tips.

Hope it was helpfull enough. (Ok, it wasnt usefull at all, but I hope you will got my idea XDDD)
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DoctorWillCU Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful model, composition, light placement, Beautiful shots(&115shots^.^)
leka1231 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student Photographer
Great Photos. What were the books on editing and art you like best? What about the photography? Thanks and keep posting!
Kynareth5 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Many factors affect the quality of every cosplay photo. Unfortunately most photos lack some important facets. Nice to see your work pays off :) Sakura Kinomoto cosplayphoto is really great!
WazEeE Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Few minutes ago I was feeling very depressed but then I read your comment, I realised that I must work hard! THANK YOU.
ksamjr0036 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
holy crap
Vercile Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much!!! You give me hope and encouragement!!! :)
REPLOID Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
FaDemian Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome !!
c4cosplaygroup Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I used to wonder if I keep practise will I got better even I lack sense of art

until you brighten me by this one.Thank you.

Morever, could you please give me some books you mentioned ? I also love to learn by reading :D

IRISHDRAGON357 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
very nice ^-^"
TheMFreak Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aussie91 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Do you also make the cloths? I would not worry too much about other people's skills as long as your photos look better
Alexia-Muller Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ахуенчик же!)
kattenjadams Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Can I suggest you read "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield? Excellent book about what it takes to succeed doing, well, anything, from the stand point of the mindset a creator/do-er needs.
Toomarin Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YES! you said it so right! i agree on everything you said. you'll never been to be something, but you have to WORK HARD to be something. :D

i love your work as always and you will always be one of the great inspiration in my life!
Pisces-sayonara Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I truly agree with you on that.
If one really wants to make good art, one must take the time and effort in doing so <3
animegafan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
I am impressed... Both pics are gorgeous but yeah, it's true, practice DOES make the master so I take my hat off... In other note, can I get the list of books to read??? 'cuz that would be highly interested and appreciated lol
X3nolord Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
You know what they say about doing what you love, right? I can see the improvements between the two shots (although they're both very pretty). Skills such as these are hard-won and require a lot of practice to acquire, and when you finally get (or start seeing) where you want to be, it's all the more rewarding.

As for you, my dear Kira, do keep up the beautiful work. I always enjoy seeing your new photos in my box nearly every day.
fum316 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
ayashige Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
What are some of the books that you would recommend?
kaikoshirokinu Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I praise you for this post<3 it's just perfect. Thank you.
LeNekoPotato Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hard Word and Open-mindedness~
kamuiatmyrealm Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Jellie Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012   Digital Artist
We can read so much on it but it's always practice, practice, practice!! I take great shots of children (and my BJD's XD) but I almost take 100 shots of one child and only 6 of them will probably turn out good!!

So yes, practice, hard work, and experimenting ~!!! :heart:
MinGII Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I don't comment usually because my poor english ;_; , but I have to tell that U have my respect :hug:
SailorKnightWing Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Wait, is the first one supposed to be not good? Because it's pretty fantastic. I even like the shadow on her face, it seems to go with the theme of the photo.
YagiPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
I'm not faving this only because I like your work, but because I agree about your opinion too
metalzen Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Midgard1612 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Photographer
You are so right.
I am now taking photos really intense in cosplay-photography since one year.
And you're right: the best way to improve is practice, practice, practice!
And some advices from tutorials and books. :heart:

Thank you for pointing this out, that clearly! :heart:
This is an interesting before-after-meme, which points out really good, that everybody has started at a lower level and can increase to unbelievable hights. Thank you for this motivation and inspiration! :heart:

Best regards from Germany
blacksnowcat Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE TSUBASA RC!!!! great job!
AshtonPbody Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sakura!!!! <3!!!
deepblue42 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually like both photos a lot! But I'm sure that the first one would be a whole lot more amazing if you did that shoot now!
Porcelain-Teakettle Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Tindreia Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Hitomi-Cosplay Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
you improved so much lol
the truth is that some people doesn't want to have a lot of work to get/improve something, they only want that you say ''you can buy this in X website, here is the link'' or ''to take this photo, you have to do X things and then you can photograph like me'' everything isn't so simple, if the person want to improve themself, they have to spend some hours per day/week/month to understand, try, learn with their own mistakes and improve
kasuka-chan Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
TRUE STORY! There seems to be so many people that want to become better instantly without putting in the time and effort it takes to get better.
TetsukiArt Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your text and your photos, you are completly right! Thank you for the inspiration :)

I think people often think others were gifted with a talent and they can achieve this easily in a short time. It is refreshing to know how much effort was put in your work, it let people realise there was a lot of practice behind those skills and there is no magic way to achieve something great.

To become a master in something it needs years of practice. It's sad that in our society today, we have this kind of magic thinking that everything should be done perfectly in one try, easily without much effort. If it is not good enough or perfect, people put themselves down and don't try anymore because they think they are not gifted like the others who are so good at it.

Thanks again and awesome work! :heart:
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Dorolie Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoooooooo… o.o that is a BIG improvement. and also, is that Sakura form Tsubasa/Cardcaptor Sakura I see?
scsa20 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Photography isn't something you can just pick up and do (at least for photography at this level), it takes hours upon days upon years to improve to the point that just looking at a print you know something is off. Same with photo editing, so those who thinks it's easy to do hasn't done the level of photography or editing that the more advanced photographers has done (such as yourself, *kirawinter :) )

Btw, *kirawinter, love the pictures, can't wait to see more :)
PSHoudini Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012   Digital Artist thats a quick and direct tutorial. and i must admit you are completely correct! there isnt such a thing as get a camera and take one photo and wounder why it looks crappy! :-)

Akumeno Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yup you always need to take a fuckton of shots :D but also you need dedication and patience
Re-Ru Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
What about that list of books that you like? :)
Farelle Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i think the biggest mistake of alot of newbies(yeah including me sometimes) is, to think everything is as easy as it looks and it's definitve a mistake to think:"how can I be like THIS" if the proper way of thinking would be:" how can I improve MYSELF?"

everyone is on a different step of those stairs of improvement....>.>

and I love your text :3 and photos of course too^^
louna96 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not of the improving fast kind...Taking it slow is way nicer too !
Would you mind making a list about some of your photography books ? I'm having a hard time finding some useful ones in France, though I might learn a trick or two every 200 pages >^< So if you have favorites, I'm listening to your suggestions <3
MangaEngel Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It doesn't matter, if it is painting, drawing, photography, working with clay or anything.
There is no magical trick where it just goes *POOF* and everything is great.
But so many people seem to think that it is easy and can be learned by trying something out for 5 minutes...
My photography teacher at university once told me, that this is the "Photoshop curse".
Because you can be total crap with making photos, just play around with Photoshop (you don't even know how to do it) and it will look nice. Not extraordinary, but nice. So most people changed into "Why work hard, it can be so fast and easy".

Gives me the creeps since I once had started with a analog camera and sitting outside waiting HOURS for that one special moment. Since I couldn't just take 500 pictures and delete the unwanted ones...
Calssara Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
great post <3!
I totally understand the problem you have with the people. it's like when some beginner in cosplay who did not even sew a simple sleeve in their life show me a AION character design and ask for advice how they shall make it :/
Just strart with the basics and learn step by step.

you improved so much :D! it#s just super interesting to follow you ^^
Normalaatsra Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Photographer
Becoming better in photography is the same as spending lots of time on one activity.
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