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.
I became a father few months ago so tips from someone like Lilia Alvarado are very useful for me. No doubt Lilia is a professional. But she's also a specialist. She does amazing child photography. Just look at the images below.
Let the children lead you in your shoot! We all, as photographers, have plans and projects in mind. Children don’t, though! It is in a child’s nature to be spontaneous, so embrace that, step back and let things happen. Posing a young child and asking them to smile at the camera rarely works. Give them the opportunity and space to be themselves and explore.
This will bring magic to the whole process and also to your images. Surprise them with a new prop or activity. Tell them a funny story. Engage them in their activities. (Or have an assistant entertain them as you shoot.) The end result will be plenty of genuine smiles and emotions that will create priceless moments that can’t be staged or pre-planned.
Michael has been taking photos professionally since he was 16. His work was published in National Geographic, Wired Magazine, Huffington Post and The Weather Channel. No surprise here. Just look at his photos.
Planning and patience is key, I find my best landscape images are created with scouting and planning. I like to research a location using google earth, search weather and know the best time of year for conditions.
When traveling to a new location I like to spend at least a day scouting the area for compositions and doing test shots. I also love shooting the same location multiple times with different conditions. Sometimes it takes trial/error with a bit of patience to get the right conditions for the shot.
Adrian C. Murray
Adrian, just like Lilia is an amazing photographer who specialises in taking photos children. His images look so unique, almost like from a fairy tale. But his tip is not about children photography.
One question we ask ourselves is how to grow as photographers. I have a simple step to help achieve this goal. Limit yourself for some time. Sounds a bit counter intuitive, right?
Here is what I'd like for you to try for a few weeks. If you have multiple lenses, shoot with just one. Your least favorite lens. Only have a kit lens? Keep it limited to a specific focal length. Only have an iPhone? Use only one kind of light or stick to one genre of photography (one you've avoided). Doing this will force you to think outside of your regular box, and thus grow your own abilities as a photographer.
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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