There are no rules when it comes to photography using Bridge Cameras. You create your own rules and guidelines to live by. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or a professional photographer there is always room for improvement. From shooting techniques to help you gain inspiration, I have assembled a list of several ways to improve your photography.
Look at Your Old Photos
Personally, this is one thing I do often with my pictures. Taking some time to go over the old images and studying them helps me out in many ways. Inspiration can come when you contemplate old memories; you can see things you maybe don't like and would change using new techniques and practices, and this can help you determine your strengths and weaknesses. Photographic time travel is a great way to get inspired and develop new techniques.
Be Aware of Symmetry & Patterns
Patterns are something you find in nature and manmade structures. Symmetry in nature, such as a line of peach trees, makes for eye-catching compositions. Oddly enough, a great way to use symmetry to your advantage is to break off the pattern in some way. This adds some tension and possibly a focal point to your scene.
Photography is a two-dimensional medium, and this makes it difficult to capture what we see. Composing an image the right way will convey the sense of depth that was present when you took the shot. Include objects in the foreground, middle ground and background to give your photos depth. Even blurring out one subject, or rack focusing, will create a deeper picture.
Learn & Practice New Techniques
Being a photographer gives you the freedom to perfect your style and develop new techniques. This works in tandem with creating restrictions. Trying new techniques not only improves your skill set, but it can possibly change the way you approach photography. Take a day or two and dedicate that time to learning something new.
Shoot a Roll of Film
In the days before digital cameras, you didn't have the option to scroll through images and delete those you don't want. You were also limited by the number of pictures you could take, so you had to use discretion. If you shoot a roll of film, you are forced to limit your shots. This is also a good way to slow down and take a longer look at what you are photographing. If you don't have access to a traditional camera, cover up the LCD screen on your bridge camera and limit yourself to 24 shots.
Choose Your Time Wisely
There is a time known as the golden hour for photography. Photography is about light, and shooting in the best light yields the best images. The hour before sunset and the hour after sunrise are the best times for ideal lighting situations. The light is soft, which makes it easier to use, especially with portrait photography. It's also a warm light that offers good color temperature, so your photos won't need as many alterations in postproduction.
Balance the Elements
When it comes to the rule of thirds, placing your subject off center gives your photos an interesting, artsy feel. But this can also create the problem of leaving voids in your picture and making them seem empty. You can balance the weight of your subject by including something of less importance to fill the extra space.
Digital cameras have created a way to record infinite photos and videos, but chances are, not every image of a mountainside you take is exciting. Creating restrictions may seem counterproductive, but limitations can aid your creativity. It causes you to think and act differently. Do things such as shooting only in black and white, shooting only indoors or outdoors, or only use your camera phone, and see how much your photography improves.
Every time you learn something new, you improve your chances to remember the subject by writing it down, speaking it and practicing it. What better way is there to improve your photography than by teaching it? Explaining your concepts or techniques to someone else can help clarify certain aspects of your process for you. Several websites are available that let you tutor and teach classes or individuals. Or you can sit down with a friend or family member and give them a lesson.
Slow Down (Four-corner Composition)
It doesn't matter if you are a seasoned veteran with a high-zoom camera or a beginning photographer with a digital bridge camera; it's easy to rush through things. Let's face it: time is money. But taking a step back and slowing down helps you see things in a new way. For example, start using the four-corner composition trick. With your prosumer camera up to your eye, place the subject in each corner of the frame. This helps you slow down, maybe break a few habits and see more creative ways to frame your shots.