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Improve your photography and your spirit with practice 

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Many people don't practice their photography. Most pick up a camera and take a couple of pictures on vacation or when the dog does something cute, but they miss out on the benefits of actually practicing. Like anything worth doing, practice makes you better!

While practice can seem like a drag, when you do it regularly enough you may discover that your photography gets a lot better over time.

I used this week to practice my photography in my living room. We have three Amaryllis flowers in bloom and they are magnificent. In the morning, my living room is filled with light. When I saw the flowers, I decided to take some time to photograph them using different lenses and settings on my camera.

I started by photographing them using a light maroon wall as the background, but quickly decided to discard it for a black background.

This progression and development to improve an existing picture by changing some aspect like the background is a key part of practice. Taking one picture, evaluating it and then doing what you can to improve it — that's how you do it.

The other thing that goes unrecognized about practicing photography is that it can be quite a peaceful and meditative pursuit.

Five minutes into my practice session I found myself “in the zone,” focused only on improving my pictures of the flowers and not once thinking about my to-do list for the week ahead.

The next time you have a few minutes, a subject that inspires and a little morning light take some time to practice your photography. You can do it anywhere — even in your living room! Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He's also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout.

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