Improve your photography skills with Hugo Healy

One of our favorite Contests of the year is making a comeback … #Landscape2019 is landing on Agora this Friday 18.10.19!

Meet this year’s guest judge and discover their ultimate photography tips so you can start preparing you best shots for winning this Contest! 👇

“Hey friends, I’m Hugo a landscape and aerial photographer based in Brighton on the south coast of England. I’ve always had a passion for creating, studying photography at school and film making at university. I currently work as a freelance photographer/drone operator and an on call firefighter in my spare time. I love to travel the planet capturing and experiencing new cultures and I hope my work can inspire others too as well.

Hugo Healy – Our #Aerial2019 Hero & #Landscape2019 Guest Judge

I discovered Agora on instagram and joined in late May this year. After a relatively short period of time I was thrilled to find out that I was the #Aerial2019 Hero! I’m so thankful to Agora for doing so much for the community and I am so excited to give back to the Community by acting as guest judge for #Landscape2019! So here’s my best advice for taking a winning shot now. I can’t wait to see what you all produce, good luck!” 👇

Chase the light!

“Always shoot in the right light to take your photo to the next level! It’s all good shooting a breathtaking landscape, but to make that landscape look even better you have to shoot in the right light. I normally only shoot at sunrise or sunset (an hour before and/or after). Personally I prefer sunrises as you are more likely to be the only one in the landscape allowing you to enjoy it even more!”

Sunrise in the Dolomites

Do your research!

I would always recommend preparation and research. Get to your location early if not the day before to scout out the best angles and composition. Giving yourself time to plan means you know exactly what you want and how you will achieve it, allowing you to create a more captivating and beautiful photo.

If you’re unable to get to the location before the prime shooting time, google earth/maps is a great tool to plan and scout an area before your shoot, especially if you are using a drone. Use the internet to find out as much as you can about the location, how to get there, what have people done before and think about how you could do it differently.

Take your preparation to the next level by finding out what the weather is doing, as this plays a massive factor into what the final image will look like. Want a moody image? Choose a day with clouds/fog. Want beautiful light? Investigate the where exactly the sun will set/rise and the times! Finding out these minor details can make or break your shot.

Show the planet in all its glory!

Finally it may seem obvious but make sure you have an interesting subject to shoot. For me shooting landscapes is all about showing people how beautiful our world is.  You have to make sure your in an interesting, beautiful or dramatic landscape.

And then within that landscape what is the subject? Perhaps it is the landscape as a whole, or are there smaller details you can focus in on to draw the viewer’s attention through the frame? Personally, I like to add a human into the frame; this allows the viewer to put themselves into the shoes of that figure and imagine themselves within the landscape. I often work of the basis small person, large landscape.

Exploring the Scottish highlands

🏆 Follow Hugo’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 Hugo’s tips to practise and start preparing your best #Landscape2019 photos for this Friday! 🏔

Questions for the Community:

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What tips would you add to those above?

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