Improve your photography skills with Konrad Paruch

It’s time to take your camera to new heights, because this Friday 31.05.19 #Aerial2019 is launching!

Meet this year’s guest judge and follow his exclusive advice below to improve your photography of this theme & your chances of becoming this year’s Hero!

The world is full of Heroes, could you be one of them? 🏆

Konrad Paruch aka @thedronelad

“My name is Konrad, I’m originally from Poland but am now based in the UK! In just 3 years I have turned my passion for drone photography into a career and am so proud to have started to get national & international recognition from awards such as the Huawei, Spark the Renaissance UK winner, Best Drone Photographer at the 2019 British Photography Awards and most recently AGORA #Architecture2019 Hero (check out my profile at @thedronelad)!

I’m so honoured to have been asked to judge the #Aerial2019 Contest and so excited to see so many shots from around the world! Want to make the Top 50 or maybe even become the Hero? Read my Top 3 Tips for taking aerial shots with either your camera or a drone and it could be you! GOOD LUCK!

Tip 1 – Good composition pleases the eye!

Composition is one of the most important aspects of any photo, it is what makes the visual arrangement of your image stand out. When taking your aerial shots make sure that you have identified a subject of your desired shot and make it stand out, this applies to both perspective and top down shots. The best way to make your subject stand out is to make sure it’s in the central point of your frame (see the examples below). If you haven’t managed to capture your subject in the centre of your frame don’t worry, you can still achieve that during your editing process.

Tip 2 – Good light is key!

When planning your photo opportunities ensure that you check the weather first and schedule your shoots for sunny days with lots of natural light. The best time of the day is either sunrise or sunset this way you take advantage of the the golden hour for best possible light and natural colours, additionally directly after sunset you can take advantage of what’s called a ‘blue hour’ with beautiful colours before dusk. You will find that shots taken during these times of the day will contribute to very little editing being required to finalise your perfect shot.

Tip 3 – Do your research.

What makes aerial photography stand out is the unique perspectives that only height can achieve. As you plan your photos spend a good amount of time researching the area you plan to shoot in, tools like Google Earth or Google Satellite are perfect in helping you seek out patterns, symmetry, lines, shapes or structures which can only be seen and captured from a birds-eye point of view. Although this part of your planning is quite time consuming it will make your shoots more time efficient in return and enable you to capture distinctive images and influence how your audience engages with your images.

🏆 Follow Konrad’s advice and you could win:

  • $1,000
  • 100,000 ⭐️s
  • Feature on the AGORA Review
  • Worldwide coverage of your winning photo through our social media

In addition, the Top 50 photographers will win:

  • 5 credits
  • 5,000 ⭐️s

There’s no time to waste! Put Konrad’s tips to practise and start preparing your best #Aerial2019 photos for this Friday! ⛰🚁

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