Following photography rules to the letter would not only be downright confusing (because there’s just too many of it!) and would leave no room for flexibility, creativity and experimentation. Then again, we asked the famous and the pros to share their photography secrets to challenge and inspire you to always giving it your best shot in your craft and/or business.
- The best hours for photographers would be before the sun rises and before it sets down. Without it, your images won’t have the ‘wow’ factor they ought to have. Natural light is the key to producing images that would stand out and grip the viewers with mixed emotions. If you miss it, then even the most advanced software programs in the market today could not compensate for it. Midsummer is a particularly tough regime but if you’re up for the challenge, you’ll be thankful of what you can produce.
Andrea Jones – one of the world’s leading garden photographers who’s a contributor for House and Garden as well as National Geographic
- Bring out the connection among the subjects, especially within a family picture. Choose a location that brings back good memories for them and make them feel at ease so the laughter would be genuine and it would manifest evidently in the picture. Let the children be actively involved in the composition and just click away.
Annabel Williams – probably the biggest name in photographic training in the UK.
- Photographers come to me and show their work, apologizing for their lack of professional experience. But I take more pride in their attitude because it means they’re into this thing because of their love for the craft and not because of money.
There are actually people from other professions who take great pictures. And that puts less pressure on them because they only take pictures when they can or when they want to and not because they are getting paid for it. Even the pros can get distressed by their job because they are more focused into pleasing the clients or getting the top place in the competition; it makes them lose sight of their vision and their potentials are not fully realized.
Sadly, there are images produced by famous photographers who fall short of expectations from pros with their experience and skills. They miss out on the practice and feedback that life has to offer because they become more focused on the technicalities and proving their worth to judges and critics.
If you know what you want to take, grab every opportunity you can get and just click away. Do not do it for anything else other than your unquenchable desire to showcase your passion for the craft. Van Gogh certainly did his ‘own thing’; he deserved more than how he is just acknowledged and yet his brilliance is unmatched.
Elliott Landy – his portraits feature on the covers of many classic albums of the time, including Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline
- Abstract is a tricky thing to deal with. But if you have the patience to making a particular composition work, the more rewarding it can be. Observe the contrasting details and find a way to make the elements feel more connected to each other. Immerse your image with some gravitas and make the lighting condition work for you.
Charlie Waite – owner and founder of Light & Land, Europe’s leading photographic experience company
- The art of seeing is greater than the most expensive camera equipment and the most cutting-edge technology available. Do not stop learning techniques until it becomes second nature to you. That is the key to capturing great images. Secondly, be more perceptive of your composition. Let you heart guide you so it would produce the best results. The more passionate you are about your images, the more it would be evident in the pictures.
Steve Bloom – one of the world’s most prolific wildlife photographers