- September 20, 2017
- 9 min to read
5 Fantastic Photography Tips from Famous Photographers Around the World
If your ultimate goal is to take better photos, you’re probably always on the lookout for tips and ideas for improving your skills.
The art of photography is a never ending learning process and there is always something new to discover. Fortunately, there are a lot of photography experts online who are generous with their expertise and offer tips.
Here are a few great tips from famous photographers around the world that will help you to take your photography to the next level.
1. When shooting street photography, frame your shot and wait for the right moment
Street photography expert Thomas Leuthard explains that capturing that perfect photo can sometimes involve getting set up in the right spot - then waiting patiently.
You can frame the street, square, fountain or another scene you want to photograph and then wait for the right person or group of people to enter the frame. There’s no need to run around looking for the perfect photo, with a little bit of patience it will often come to you.
2. Don’t be afraid to experiment and be weird
If you have a strange idea for a photograph but you are worried that people will think you are crazy - go ahead and do it anyway. It’s okay to do something different.
Your photography may step over the line into what is considered 'Fine Art Photography' - which is all about ideas, concepts and challenging the accepted notion of what photography is.
For example, check out the bizarre family portraits created by UK artist Nigel Grimmer, “Roadkill Family Album” featuring his family members lying on the road with animal masks on their faces. Odd, but certainly fascinating.
3. When shooting at night, remember that all night conditions are not equal
You might think that night photography is simply shot in the dark, but it’s much more complicated than that. As Alister Benn explains, there are many different levels of “dark” and it is important to find the right aperture, shutter speed and ISO for that particular night.
Every night the moon is a slightly different size and within the scene, there may be water, sand or snow that the light is reflecting on. Rather than using one setting for shooting at night, it is important to evaluate the light and choose custom settings for each evening.
4. Something “ugly” can still make an interesting photograph
Do you only find yourself photographing subjects that are considered conventionally “pretty” such as a flower or a sunset? Take a lesson from Eirik Johnson, a photographer who deliberately finds dirty, ruined, decrepit locations for his photos and then works to capture the beauty in them.
His work features crumbling and falling apart landscapes such as makeshift cabins made from shipping pallets and plywood on the edge of the Alaskan tundra. Take a look at his images and think about how you can find something visually interesting about an “ugly” location near you.
5. Choose the best light
Talented landscape photography Anne McKinnell knows that lighting is one of the most important aspects of a photograph. If you want to improve your photography, you can start by developing a better understanding of light.
When you find a location that you want to shoot, think about what kind of light would work best for the scene. If you have the option to return to different light conditions, you should.
Maybe that landscape would look better at sunrise, or sunset? It’s worth heading back to the same place at different times of the day to capture the best image.