4. It’s time you become a story teller
Sometimes when you look back at your photo collection, you will realise that the best photographs are the photographs that have stories to tell. Sure, it’ fun snapping around randomly with your point-and-shoot, but you soon find yourself disliking the high-resolution shots that have no story to tell. Instead images from phone cameras with stories are sometimes more appealing to you. I believe this is one of the reasons Instagram has become so popular recently. Having characters in your image makes the job a lot easier. However you don’t always need living beings in your pictures to tell a story. Sometimes worn-out objects can offer some depth to your image.
Traveling is always a good opportunity to add pictures to your library because you will find a story to tell when you see something alien to you. However don’t make this as an excuse to not look around the place that you live in. Your local park or city might just have some interesting photo opportunities. You might even find interesting shots in your backyard. A picture of a bee hovering near a flower is more interesting than a picture of a flower just by itself. Get your characters in the picture to have some form of interaction.
If you’re at an interesting place, move about as much as you want but always keep in mind that in each place you stand, there should be at least 3 interesting opportunities for you. Keep your head up and look beyond the view finder.
It also helps to have great PR and charisma when you’re out snapping. People love pictures of themselves but they wouldn’t want a creep lurking behind bushes snapping away at them. Unless you’re a paparazzi, interact with people you find interesting and they’ll be more comfortable when you’re around. They might even open up to you and display their true character right before your lens. Also when your subject is more comfortable with you, you both work on creating that image instead of just you documenting the subject. (Chase Jarvis says something like this from 10:40 to 10:49 in the video below)
Lastly, always keep in mind that you will have to work for your photograph. It’s not all about getting the lucky shot. It’s also about you working to get that shot. The harder you work, the luckier you get.