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Every week we ask professional photographers about their careers, experience, gear and their technique. Every friday we publish tips from three pros.

We ask them one question - What's one piece of advice you wish someone gave you when you were just starting out. These are the answers we get.


David Schermann

Let's start with a very easy but surprisingly effective tip from David Schermann. Based in Vienna, David is an amazing portrait photographer, but he also does nature and urban photography.

© by David Schermann
© by David Schermann
© by David Schermann
© by David Schermann
© by David Schermann
© by David Schermann

For more David's photos visit his website and follow him on Instagram. And here's a quick but very effective tip on how to prevent your portraits from looking like they've been staged.

Good tip for portait photography is to tell you subject to close her/his eyes, then at the count of three tell her/him to open her/his eyes. With this technique you easily get candid photos that dont look staged.


Daniel Jensen

You probably won't believe it but Daniel is just 19 years old photographer and filmmaker, currently based in Denmark. But just look at those images below. 19 years old!

© by Daniel Jensen
© by Daniel Jensen
© by Daniel Jensen
© by Daniel Jensen
© by Daniel Jensen
© by Daniel Jensen

For more of Daniel's amazing work visit his website and his Instagram account. And here's Daniel's photography tip for you:

In my opinion, one's photography is a constant reflection of your perspective of the world and therefore it is also forever changing. What I mean by that is the best way to learn it is simply by doing it, go out and be creative as often as possible.

Think about what inspire's you in the moment, what mood are you in, and try to create an image that capture's that feeling. Think about the color, the composition, the lighting, the expression of the model and try to mold them to that feeling in your head.

To me, the images that work the best are the ones that capture an emotion, a sensation, something inspiring.


Ian Plant

Ian Plant is a landscape photographer. An extraordinary landscape photographer. He's Tamron Image Master and also the author of numerous books and instructional videos.

© by Ian Plant
© by Ian Plant
© by Ian Plant
© by Ian Plant
© by Ian Plant
© by Ian Plant

For more of his amazing work visit Ian's offical website. Want to take better landscape photos? Start with reading this awesome tip from Ian.

Include a leading foreground for landscape photos: A good landscape photo typically has a prominent foreground feature that leads the viewer’s eye deeper into the scene, so I’m almost always looking for an interesting foreground to juxtapose against a stunning background.

Don’t be afraid to get really close to your foreground, as doing so exaggerates its importance; I like to fill the bottom part of the frame with my foreground, usually getting only a few feet away in order to take maximum advantage of perspective distortion. You may need to use a smaller aperture to ensure sharpness from near to far.


That's it for today. Do you like the idea of this series? Let me know in the comments below. Also - let me know if there's a photographer you'd like to get a piece of advice from, and I'll do my best to get in touch with him/her. Oh! And don't forget to share the article!

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  • Chris Breitigan

    Another great article Pawel! I definitely like this series and often find the advice useful. The tip for portraits in this post is something so simple but I can tell it's effective

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    Pawel from Tookapic

    Hi, I’m happy to help you with any tookapic subject, however, before you send me a message, please look at Help section where you can find answers for most questions.

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