This is a great question. Basically; to sum up the video, it’s a cross between being technically savvy with your equipment and connecting with your subject. Makes sense. But it’s a difficult place to meet. I think that a lot of photographers develop these skills over a life time…or as long as they shoot photographs. One thing I hear often from non-photographers is “wow, that’s a nice camera, it must take really great photographs!” and I think “yep, sure does, I taught it everything it knows” or something equally as snarky. Point is; it’s just a tool. You have to know how to use that tool to become effective.
That’s one of the reasons I love photography and being a photographer so much.
You could photograph the same subject every day and get 365 different results. And, your skill level would increase dramatically from day one to day 365. You might only photograph still life flowers today, but the more you try wide angle landscapes you find that you really enjoy the drama you can capture with the right light. Soon, you’re on your way to trying night photography…it only goes from there. The more you shoot, the more you learn about the art of photography and the more you find you love it. It’s really a cycle.
The hardest part of being a better photographer, I believe, isn’t learning your gear. It’s developing an eye. Some are just born with it, others have to develop it. That’s the topic of many photography books. The offset of having a good eye is knowing your gear and how to make it work for you.
Anyway, watch the video and ask yourself how you can improve on whatever you’re lacking and apply it to be come a great photographer. You’ll be on your way to being a better photographer!