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Be it a smartphone or a state-of-the-art camera, everyone seeks to take good photos, not only to post on social networks, but to register special moments in the best possible way. But many have doubts on how to make the most of their equipment and achieve the expected result
Photographers from São Paulo, Douglas Atina and Pâmela Atina, from Arco e Flash fotografia believe that it is possible with some simple care to achieve incredible photos. Nominated for the Golden Lens, considered the Oscar of world photography, they bring five crucial tips that will make a difference in your photos:
“It is not necessarily necessary to have the best cell phones or the best camera to be able to take photos that really impress with the final result. It depends more on the concept and the notions of photography, since today even low-cost cameras have very reasonable image quality ”, explained Douglas.
Follow Douglas and Pâmela Atina’s 5 tips for making amazing photos. Check out:
1- Bet on spontaneous photographs
Spontaneous photography is natural and shows exactly what the person was feeling at that moment, it is one of the most beautiful types of photography and anything goes: jump, shout, make jokes, no matter if you look stupid, your mission is to start smiles.
2- Choose the best time of the day
Have you tried to take a picture in the midday sun? The face will be with shadows, dark circles will be highlighted and all skin defects will scream, never take a photo at that time.
The best times for photography are during the Golden Hour (or Golden Hour) is the moment of splendor of the sun and the most beautiful time of the day for incredible photos, it happens in the morning (1 hour after sunrise) and in the afternoon ( one hour before sunset). Always prefer to start shooting around 6:00 am or 4:00 pm.
Also, always try to leave your face facing the sun, that way you get perfect natural lighting, but don’t stick to the rules, sometimes shooting against the sun brings a clean and incredible result.
3- Worry about the Look
Avoid prints, clothes shouldn’t attract more attention than you. The more neutral the colors, the more beautiful and “gringa” the photo will be, bet on black, white, gray, cream and earthy tones, if you have a colorful outfit it will conflict with the colors of the scenery and the result will not it will be cool. Remember that for an incredible shoot, 50% depends on the subject and 50% on the photographer.
You know that classic couple shoot on the beach where the bride is wearing a white dress and holding a pair of heart-shaped balloons? It’s tacky. Remember that less is more, the focus of the photograph needs to be the photographed, the less accessories they are carrying, the better.
It is not because you are photographing a bride that she needs to be in white, leave the classic dress for the wedding and abuse the style in the rehearsal, why not use black for example? The dark color contrasts completely with the light tones of the beach and the result is charming.
4- Ugly or ordinary places can yield incredible photos
Do you know that abandoned building in your city or that thicket that people even cross the sidewalk to avoid passing by? They can render pictures much more incredible than idyllic places.
Train your eyes to see beyond the obvious and see beauty in everything. You don’t need to go to a flower field to have a beautiful photo, you can take exactly the same photo on that small plantation in a square in your city.
5- Learn image editing
The older photographers say: A real photographer does not edit photos. But we are in the era of editing, Tumblr and Instagram led people to be more concerned with the colors of photos, composition, framing and this is incredible, we have never seen so many beautiful photos taken by ordinary people as we see now.
Editing may not be the main focus of a photograph but it is the icing on the cake, with the right colors you can transform your work completely. But remember again: Less is more, escape from exaggeration and especially from the dreaded: Sepia and selective color.