Professional photographer Claudio Chock offers five easy ways to get the best shots for the ’gram, and to still enjoy the moment.
1. Take time to frame your shot
Resist the urge to follow the crowd and rush to just snap pictures. Instead, spend time admiring the art works, learning more about them, and scoping out the surroundings. This will help you better frame and compose your pictures.
2. Shoot in RAW
The RAW image format allows you to do more when editing and processing your photos. Select that format on a DSLR or mirrorless camera, or use apps such as Lightroom Mobile, VSCO and ProCam to take RAW pictures on your smartphone. (Compatible smartphones include the iPhone 6S/6S Plus and above, Pixel, Galaxy S7/S7 Edge and Huawei P10.)
3. Get creative with your angles
If you want your pictures to stand out from the swirl of images on social media, do not photograph the works straight-on, and at eye- or chest-level. Shoot from different sides of the work, or hold your camera at various levels and angles. The interesting images you end up with will be worth the trial-and-error process.
4. Use special lenses
To capture interesting perspectives, use a super wide-angle lens or telephoto lens for a DSLR or mirrorless camera. If shooting with a smartphone, try lenses from Moment, Olloclip and Oowa, which are lightweight and easy to attach and use.
5. Bring a tripod and remote trigger
If you can’t seem to find the right angle for your selfie, the solution isn’t a selfie stick. Use a tripod and remote trigger. The accessories also help with capturing movement using long-exposure photography.
Photo credit: @claudio.chock
Pictures shot on Sony a7Riii + FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM