Be inspired Keep a library of visuals you like from your daily life so you can draw inspiration from them later. It can be anything from photos, graphic design, a scene from a movie, or a model’s look in a magazine. Don’t look at your phone all the time, and make the effort to admire the things around you. Keep moving forward Go beyond your comfort zone and experiment with new ideas, lighting techniques, or lenses. Don’t do what’s already been done, or you’ll just be the same as any other photographer. Always ask yourself what you’re lacking, and seek advice and critiques from reliable partners and friends. Pick and mix When you see something you like, don’t just copy it blindly. Ask yourself why it stands out to you, and identify the specific elements that caught your attention so you can integrate it into your personal style and evolve. Fail better To err is human. Mistakes are sometimes unavoidable, but you can take steps to keep from repeating them. Write them down in a notebook, and see what can be improved in the future if something similar crops up in future.