Ask the Ambassadors: Photo techniques to try at home
At Meero, one of our proudest accomplishments is bringing together the largest community of photographers around the world. Right now, the world feels a little frozen, yet our partner photographers are still creating and practicing at home. That’s why we’ve reached out to our Meero ambassadors and asked how they continue to feed that creative spark.
Our aim is to develop a strong community of professional photographers who can connect, share and grow together. That’s why we engage with our partners not only through meetups and workshops but also online through our Community platform on myMeero (which is a totally cool and free community to join - Check it out!).
Meero has been connecting photographers all around the world for the past four years, and through our Ambassador program, our local communities are about to connect and grow stronger together.
Today, we’ve asked four of them to answer the question: how can you improve your photography without leaving the house?
© Camilo Caicedo
Camilo Caicedo, Colombia
Meet Camilo, a Colombian photographer who has been practicing photography for 10 years and who is inspired by lines, shapes, shadows and unexpected objects in the city. He loves shooting landscape, street, architecture, astro, and portrait photography. You can find him shooting with either a Canon AE1 (+ 50mm + 100asa film B&W) or on his Nikon D810 (+ Nikor 14-24/f2.8 + Nd filter). To view more of his photos, check out his Instagram here.
So Camilo, what do you do to keep developing new skills when you’re stuck at home?
I’m always watching videos of my favorite photographers and emerging photographers, the combination between them is perfect to remember the rules and how to break them correctly.
What do you recommend people do to practice photography at home?
Play with your family, or roommates, invite them to be your models; inexperienced models are perfect to learn how to work with more experienced ones. Also, return to basics, go backward and practice f-number, ISO, shutter speed, hyperfocal, low light situations (those are so easy to create at home) do the same photo using three different settings and compare them. Reveal those ones and export 3 different options, show the results to your family and models.
Finally... Practice, practice, practice.
© Shresth Sharma
Shreshth Sharma, India
Heading over to India, meet Shreshth, a creative who does a lot of commercial food and real estate photography but is passionate about travel photography. In 2014, he joined Symbiosis School of Photography, where he did a three-year program and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts and Photography). He graduated in April 2018 and immediately started working professionally. He’s been in this field for 5 years now. You’ll find him with his favorite lens: the Nikon 14-24mm F2.8 as it pushes his creativity to new limits.
Around the world, plenty of people are restricted to staying indoors. Do you have any tips for indoor photography?
Yes, photographers can experiment with light and shadows. If they have lighting equipment, they can see how the light and shadow fall on their subjects. They can take an apple or a wine glass and try different shots and angles just by playing around with the exposure, angles, and composition. If they don't have proper lighting gear, they can use the natural light coming through the window and try some shots using a reflector (or just a white/gold/silver sheet) on their subject.
Is there anything people can do to practice photography at home?
Photographers can see tutorials on Youtube about retouching and other kinds of editing. Beginners can test out their lenses in their gardens or balconies and test out what their camera is capable of. For example: what is the maximum ISO their camera can go to without grain on their pictures? What different kinds of features does their camera have, like time-lapse, multiple exposures, etc.?
© Josefina Vaca Fernandez
Josefina Vaca Fernandez, Argentina
In Argentina, we find Josefina, a talented photographer who has been taking photos for five years. She is constantly inspired by other photographers and uses Instagram as the best way to follow other talented photographers. Her favorite type of photography nowadays is macro: capturing the details of flowers, the eyes of people, hands, arms. Recently, her favorite camera has been a Holga 120N, a film that forces her to go ‘back to the basics,’ where you have to get it right the first time.
Do you have any tips for practicing photography when you’re stuck at home?
The good things are in the details... you may be stuck at home but you can improvise with the lights and the accessories you have at home.
For me, something to try is to use some flowers, or color filters, to change the color of the light (you can even change the light bulb in your room with colored paper, or you can even use colorful clothes that let the light come through), and ask a family member to become your model.
What type of photography do you like to do when you’re at home?
I like to take photos of different parts of the body. I also like to take selfies, and I try to innovate all the time. I like to play with the colors, different plans and also something that has become very important for me: editing and graphic design.
© Carlos Oros
Carlos Oros, Mexico
Last but not least, we find Carlos, a Mexican photographer who has been practicing for 6 years now. While he primarily focuses on landscapes, he has been working on his portraiture with the help of his A7R3 and legacy glass. In addition to using film cameras for the enjoyment of watching the negatives develop, he uses glow wire to create that spooky ghostly effect.
Be sure to stop by his Instagram to see more!
What do you recommend to photographers around the world who want to practice at home?
Take advantage of every resource you have, professional equipment is very fancy and everything, but nearly every effect can be replicated to some extent by things you have around the house.
There's always something that you’ve not tried yet or didn't even know about. Try to do as much with what you're offered. What I find refreshing when I don't know what to work on next is to look up different styles that I find interesting, and to try to understand exactly how it was done: where did it come from? What styles did they use? What intentions did they have?
What else can you do to improve your craft?
Look back at those hard drives and memory cards with your early material, give it a rerun on editing or try to remember what the sentiment or motive of it was, and try to do it again. You'll suddenly find new perspectives and techniques and most importantly, you'll realize the progress you've made.
For more ideas on what to do during confinement or any time when you’re at home, check out 4 more ideas for how to practice photography indoors.