Sep
29

One Perfect Shot competition – 5 pro tips

by
Matt Bennett

Vanguard Pro Rebecca Warbis reveals her top 5 tips for better photos

Constantly refining your work and being self-critical is vital when it comes to taking perfect shots
Constantly refining your work and being self-critical is vital when it comes to taking perfect shots

In association with Vanguard, our One Perfect Shot competition gives you the chance to win some fantastic prizes, including Vanguard tripods and camera bags.

There’s still time to enter before the competition closes on 20th October, so to help you on your way we’ve asked Vanguard Pro Rebecca Warbis to provide her tips for better images:

Take a step back. If you think you’ve got the perfect shot, take a good step back and (if you’re working digitally) really look at what you’ve captured. Check out all the tiny details. Is it all working well? What could you do to improve it?

Don’t be afraid to adjust the environment in your shots. If there is a leaf, stone, hair (or in my case bit of lettuce!) don’t be afraid to remove it or replace it. It’s the attention to details that make some of my work really beautiful. When I’m shooting say a salad, I try to reimagine it as a bowl of geometric shapes. Then I ask myself: do these shapes work together; what leads in the eye? What breaks up the rhythm? Then I pull bits about with tweezers until I get a great balance of dynamism.

Give yourself plenty of time! Timing is often what makes or breaks my images so I cant stress enough beneficial this can be. Often if I want to get the golden hour at 6.00am, I’ll aim to be on location by 4.30 so I get everything set before the beautiful sunrise comes in! I know it’s early, but it really is totally worth it.

Try something different! When working with a client I work really strictly to each brief, however, if you’ve got a little time, it’s a great exercise to try a completely different angle/lens/focus. Often you can create something really different that leads you to looking at your subject in a different way.

Be self-critical. I like to take all photos I create as “work in progress” and once in a while take maybe a few hours to look through all my ideas and see how I can develop onwards. Often when you look back at your photos after a while, you’re a little less attached to the experience and you can see it from a more neutral perspective. Even if you don’t like the overall shot, you can develop the technique, angle, lighting etc and this can really help to develop your perfect shot!

To enter the competition, send your favourite image to team@dphotographer.co.uk with the subject line One Perfect Shot.

Full terms and conditions are available here.

Always challenge yourself to look for different angles and perspectives
Always challenge yourself to look for different angles and perspectives
Rebecca Warbis, Vanguard Pro
Rebecca Warbis, Vanguard Pro
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