Improve your photography skills with Roc Isern

It’s no #Urban2019 legend, this hashtag really will be dropping on Agora this Friday 01.11.19!

Meet this year’s guest judge an expect in urban, street and architecture photography and read his exclusive photography tips for you achieve winning photos! 👇

“Hi Agora Community, may name is Roc and I’m an architect come professional photographer from Cataluña, Spain.

Roc Isern – #Urban2019 Guest Judge & architecture photographer

I cannot remember an exact time in which I set out in the world of photography. I remember that I liked it a lot and started to play with the cameras I had at home as a kid. Then when I grew up and started my architectural degree I knew I was going to get hooked. At the time it served as a great way to complement my studies by learning about compositions in space, the study of light, how shadows behave, etc. After dedicating myself professionally for 10 years exclusively to architecture, 2 years ago I decided to try and also dedicate myself to architecture photography professionally. I continue to learn every single day and hope to be able to dedicate myself to this for a long time.

I’ve been part of the Agora Community (@stoptheroc) since it’s early days and have not only had the pleasure of being selected as part of 2 Top 50s (including last year’s #Urban2018 Contest) but also meeting with the team! It is hence an enormous privilege to have been invited to judge this year’s Contest. I cannot wait to see all of your submissions and hope that my following top tips can help you get that winning shot! Good luck”

Always be prepared

In this type of photography we must always be ready to take the photo, because the moment we want to capture can pass by in an instant. This implies always having your camera at hand and with the parameters already established. I would recommend shooting with a semi-automatic mode (prioritizing the aperture or exposure time) or complete automatic mode to begin with. Burst/continuous shooting mode may also be interesting on certain occasions as well.

Light & shade

Depending on the time of day, year and weather conditions, the light and shades vary radically. Be prepared and practice with different scenarios. This knowledge is essential to face each new situation comfortably.

Frame the scene in advance

This is one of my favorite technical. First I find the perfect frame and composition and I shoot a few photos of this scene. After this the only thing left to do it be patient and wait for as long as it takes for something to happen or a subject to appear. This is then your moment to shoot once, various time or if necessary in burst mode. This way we can be sure of a good shot with the subject of the photo.

🏆 Follow Roc’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 Roc’s tips to practise and start preparing your best #Urban2019 photos for this Friday! 🏙

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