How to avoid taking snapshots? Photograph deliberately.

In nature photography, it's easy to fall into the habit of photographing your subjects quickly and casually. You notice a pretty subject, whip out your camera, get a snapshot or two.

What's the problem?

All photographs you get while using that technique will be snapshots. They'll record the memory of the subject, sure. But they won't reflect any real artistry. 

Here, we can note one of the key differences between the beginner and advanced photographer. The beginner takes snapshots; the more advanced photographer creates something more.

It's not as hard as it sounds. All you have to do is photograph deliberately. Think about your composition before shooting. Think about the colors. Think about the background.

Eventually, the artistry will come.   

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