By Jennifer McMillan, Social Media Week |

Professional photographers and Samsung #imageloggers, Ibarionex Perello and Rinzi Ruiz, know a thing or two when it comes to becoming a better photographer. At Social Media Week Los Angeles, they shared three key lessons for aspiring photographers: Go digital, be social, and have patience.

1. GO DIGITAL, AND BE SOCIAL

From amateurs to seasoned professionals, social and digital media can improve your craft while exposing you to a community of like minded photographers. For Perello, this meant starting a podcast called The Candid Frame, which gave him an opportunity to connect with photographers whom he admired. He applied the many tips and inspirations he learned through the podcast interviews, which ultimately helped Perello improve as a photographer.

2. START SMILING MORE AND TALK TO STRANGERS

Not talking or interacting with strangers is the worst advice your parents gave you. When photographing strangers, we must push past the fear of rejection. Starting a conversation and showing a genuine interest in your subject helps build a relationship and places him or her at ease. Even giving a sincere compliment can help build a connection. Once your subject feels comfortable with you, and understands why you want to take their picture, they’re more likely to let you snap away.

3. LEARN TO BE PATIENT

We’re all in a rush and want everything to happen at lightning speed. Unfortunately, speed and photography do not go hand in hand. To take a good photo, you must learn to soak up the moment, embrace your surroundings and shoot until you’ve captured a shot you’re satisfied with. Don’t be afraid to move around and use different angles too. Compositions in your work– experimentation can often lead to higher levels of success.

As you practice your craft, remember to be patient with yourself. Becoming a great photographer doesn’t happen overnight, and you’ll make mistakes along the way. Always remember to “fail forward,” learn from your mistakes, and continue putting your work out there for others to discover.