After the different sessions, we analysed the way in which aspects the professional photographer and the amateur, made the different photographs, in order to find the main differences between them and get information about what makes you have a good eye for photography. Below are the results of a specialised study.
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The professionals took three times more than an amateur to do the photography
Professional photographers take much longer to get a good image. When they were asked to take a turn to look for the best angle, the professionals took between 10 minutes and 45 seconds to take the picture that, for them, captured the scene better; an average of 10 minutes and 22 seconds in the three scenarios. That value triples the time it took the amateur, with an average of 2 minutes and 43 seconds between the three photographs, to capture the best image. The most that took was 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
The key to a good event photography is to make sure that the people who come out in it are interesting and come alive in the image. Although it may be quite easy to find a good composition, it may take a while to capture an expressive moment of the subject; for example, when someone smiles. Normally we have to wait a bit to capture that moment.
The professionals performed three times of different configurations of the same scene
The professionals considered a greater number of different images than the amateur, which weighed eight possible photographs compared to 29 of the professional. This implies that the chances of getting an excellent photograph of the same scene multiply by three and a half times.
This trend was even more evident in travel photography, where the amateur only considered two configurations compared to the professional’s 12. The professionals were also very considerate and paid the necessary attention to all the elements of the scene. Before deciding on the best photograph, the amateur’s eyes travelled the scene quickly, without taking into account the different options or dedicating enough time to consider other angles.
The professionals studied many more angles before taking the photograph than the amateur
One of the most obvious details that differentiated the amateur photographer from the professionals was the preparation of the frame. The professionals studied all the possible angles. For example, the travel photographer went behind some booths on the beach to do his preparation in case there was something interesting to grasp, while the nature photographer went out of the way marked and went into the undergrowth to get a more insight peculiar to the environment. The event photographer even spent some time looking at the ceiling of the celebration site because he had a curve that he thought could frame the image well.
It is also important not to stop looking. It is very easy to immediately see two different areas to focus on and ignore everything else. When you go from one area to another, keep your head up and look around; Do not use that time to look at the photographs you have already made. During the session, the professionals stopped much more, studying the scene and determining what a good photograph could be, while the amateur only looked at where he was walking or directly to what he had decided would be his next photograph.
If you really look at the scene and explore it from all angles, you can discover a combination that offers you an interesting perspective of an area you are photographing. This is especially important when you try to capture everyday scenes, because you will make your photos more original.
The professionals focused more on one aspect of photography while the amateur tried to include everything to illustrate the scene
All the final images of the professionals focused on a specific part of the scene they were capturing, while the fan was overwhelmed trying to include everything to illustrate the scene. The professionals spent more time identifying the most interesting aspect and studying the best angle from which to capture it.
The professionals adapted very quickly to the conditions of each scenario and took advantage of them to their advantage
The professionals adapted very quickly to the conditions of each scenario and took advantage of them to their advantage. The travel photographer contrasted the bright beach huts with bad weather conditions and explored the combination of natural structures with other man-made structures. He also weighed several preparations that included umbrellas, because they made an image interesting that, otherwise, was simple.
Whenever you take a photograph, you must take into account not only the subject of the photograph, but everything that surrounds you, such as natural light. As a professional who always take pictures outdoors, we like to look for a light that illuminates the trees, because it creates a beautiful effect when it bounces off the lakes and leaves.
Tips for travel photography
If you add people to your photographs, you give a nice human aspect to the image. But if you are photographing a great architectural work, adjust the shutter speed to an eighth or fifteenth of a second; this way you will get people to have a slightly blurry effect on the image. For this technique, we recommend using a tripod.
Contrasting forms created by man with natural structures helps to make the composition of your photographs more interesting.
Try different angles, since this way you can make things look more special or unusual. For example, try to take pictures from the ground, so that you are looking at the subject from below.
It is not always about everything in the image; Focus on a small part, such as a tree or water, and make it the point of attention.