Improve your photography skills with Harding Micha

We want to see what your taste of #Freedom2019 looks like in our latest Contest landing on Agora this Friday 15.11.19!

Meet this year’s guest judge and 3 time Top 50 photographer for his exclusive photography tips for achieving winning photos! 👇

“Hi Agora Community, my name is Michael Harding, I’m a self taught photographer based in Vienna, Austria.

In my life I’ve always loved doing sports and being active, specially freestyle sports. I was always driven to capture the action and beautiful moments of those movements. I started doing a lot of filming, which I am still doing now however a few years back I got more and more into photography. It was a really nice challenge, to capture just the exact moment, the one perfect frame you are looking for and I am loving it ever since. My style is mostly outdoor and sports photography meaning my work often transmits feelings of freedom, peace and power!

Mountain handstand

I discovered Agora in January this Year and I’m really happy to be part of this amazing community. Agora has motivated me to try new styles of photography and also to share my work. I’d really like to thank the Agora team so much for inviting me to be a judge for the first time, I’m really excited about it. Check out my top 3 tips for #Freedom2019 and good luck to everyone!”

1) Authenticity is key!

“For me freedom is an emotion, a feeling which is different to everyone of us. It can be someone doing sports, reaching the top of a mountain or playing an instrument. To capture that perfect moment of freedom, you want your subject to feel truly free in what they are doing. As a photographer, I try to stay as much in the background as possible, to take natural and authentic photos.”

Mountain drone

2) Be ready to catch the movement!

“One of the most beautiful things in photography are emotions and people usually end to express them with some kind of movement – some as subtle as a smile and some as intense as jumping into the sky. Always try to be ready to capture these special moments. I usually have my camera in Burst-Mode to get every bit of it and to not miss an opportunity to capture a magic moment.”

Mountain jump!

3) Unusual Locations!

“This is something, I personally try to do as often as possible. Changing your typical locations to breath taking ones can enhance your pictures a lot. Just imagine that someone playing the Violin is not in their rehearsal room but standing in a field or on a mountain top. Open space, even when it is not your typical surrounding, can bring a sense of freedom to your photos. Try to be creative with your locations and create something unique.”

Mountain friends

🏆 Follow Harding’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 Harding’s tips to practise and start preparing your best #Freedom2019 photos for this Friday! 🕊

Questions for the Community:

Has this post inspired your creativity?

What tips would you add to those above?

Hit the reactions below to tell us your thoughts! 👇