Photography Tips with Martin Parr

 

In collaboration with the Aviva Community Fund, Martin Parr intimately captures the emotivity of social behaviour compatible with everyday life through a selection of images supporting Aviva backed UK organisations.

In addition to imagery, Martin contributes a one-off insight into the photography industry, providing his very own tips and tricks of the trade, featured below. 


1. Get in close: Often people capture shots from too far away. If you're taking a photo from a
distance, you may be tempted to just zoom in but it’s important to identify the energy
source within your frame and get in close to focus on that.


2. Light: Make sure your shots are well lit. When it comes to taking good images, lighting plays
a key role. Instead of using flash, take advantage of daylight, or use the lighting available if
you’re indoors.


3. Capture group and individual shots: Having a range of different angles and crops of the
organisation and its members will make your story more engaging, and also more personal.


4. Focus: Try to keep a steady hand and make sure your camera or smartphone is in focus. This
will give you vivid, clear images which makes viewing them much more enjoyable! The
exception to this is if you’re trying to capture an activity, as sometimes the movement within
your picture can add to your story.


5. Experiment: Try different shots and see what works for you – don’t feel like you have to
capture posed or staged shots. Identify what works best to tell your story.

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