We take more photos than ever before, often using our smartphones for sheer convenience. Although our phones are great for snapping quick photos, they’re no match for a real camera when it comes to capturing high quality content that makes an impact and creates lasting memories. It’s time to take your photography to the next level, and create without limits with a great camera and some expert tips.

We asked four photographers to do just that: use cameras from Best Buy to create some amazing photos, and provide some expert tips on how to use that equipment for the best results.

Watch our #CreateWithoutLimits video and scroll down to learn more. In no time you’ll be snapping stunning shots that you’ll want to share all over social media, and print, frame, and mount on the walls of your home.

Meet the Photographers

 

 

Gabriel Cabrera
Food & Beverage Photography
Instagram: @artfuldesperado

 

 

” When you create something beautiful and show it to people, I think it’s super rewarding “

 

Gabriel’s Photography Tips

  1. Be mindful of your surroundings: you want to have a neutral room/area to shoot; any strong colours on walls or surfaces will bounce back on the food and props and may cause colour and texture issues.
  2. Keep the focus on your hero: whatever you are shooting should always stand out; don’t get carried away with flashy props or busy patterns on fabrics or backgrounds as this will pull the attention from the main subject.
  3. Add contrast: if the room or lighting you are using is quite soft, and your subject lacks contrast, use a black foam core board to block light on one of the sides of your scene; watch as you move the board closer how the shadows deepen, making your subject pop.
  4. Diffuse it: on the contrary, if the light source is quite strong, use a thin white cloth to diffuse the light or a white foam core board to bounce light back into the shadows to add more detail and reduce harshness.
  5. Use a stand in: before you even attempt to shoot your subject make sure the lighting, composition, and props are good to go. Use a similar object or food as a “stand in” to test your shots. Once you’re happy, go ahead and use the real thing—this way food and drinks will always look fresh.

 

 

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Megan Mclellan
Nature, Animals, and Camping Photography
Instagram: @littlebrownfox

 

”  Being able to stop and slow down and appreciate smaller moments has made a big difference in my personal outlook on life “

 

Megan’s Photography Tips

  1. Look for back-lit scenes: if your camera can handle low-light, look for backlit scenes to add a little bit of drama to an image. I love walking through a forest and seeing back-lit foliage and leaves that just seem to really pop in an otherwise kind of dark area.
  2. Use a continuous shooting mode on your camera: this is great to capture a moving subject in a really natural and organic way. Set up your shot and have your subject walk through the frame, capturing a few images so that you can get one that is just right.
  3. Purchase the right camera for your needs: when considering what type of camera you want to purchase, really think about how you will be using the camera and what you predominantly want to take photos of. As someone who loves taking photos while travelling and being outside, the pros of having a smaller lightweight camera that I can easily grab definitely trumps a lot of features for me.
  4. Frame your shots carefully: when you are shooting outdoors you have so many opportunities to make your images a little bit more interesting by framing your subject with plants etc. So get low, move around, and see what you can find to bring a bit more depth to your photo as well as colour.

 

 

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Taylor Burk
Nature & Action Photography
Instagram: @taylormichaelburk

 

” It’s always fun shooting with a GoPro. The opportunities to get unique perspectives and angles are endless! “

 

Taylor’s Photography Tips

  1. Use Burst Mode for action shots: when shooting someone in action, switch to burst mode—you can capture up to 30 photos per second! This gives you plenty of options to choose from.
  2. Shoot RAW images: many cameras including the GoPro HERO6 have the ability to shoot RAW images. This allows you to have more control when editing and gives you a higher quality image. If you’re not planning to do much editing I would recommend shooting in .jpeg format.
  3. Mount your camera: make your photos stand out by using a mount to capture unique angles. There are a variety of mount options which gives you a ton of creative control. Think outside the box!
  4. Stabilize action images with a gimbal: a gimbal like the GoPro Karma allows you to have flawless, smooth video when you’re on the move. This can also help with low light photos.
  5. Experiment with camera settings: manually adjust camera settings to find the best results. Using a camera’s app or touchscreen, you can customize the shutter speed, ISO, sharpness, exposure compensation and white balance—ideal for being able to shoot a long exposure photo!
  6. Shoot underwater: if your camera is waterproof, take it underwater for a new perspective. The HERO6 has built-in waterproofing. Check out what lies below the surface on your next trip.

 

 

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Christopher Amat
City Photography
Instagram: @christopheramat

 

” … capturing the moments that matter—it’s hard not to be inspired “

 

Christopher’s Photography Tips

  1. Experiment with cropping: with the Sony A7RII you have 42 megapixels giving you have the ability to crop in; it can totally change the look and the feel of the photo—don’t be scared to experiment.
  2. Use the silent mode setting: it helps when working on the street to be discreet and stealthy, helping you catch those genuine and candid moments.
  3. Add contrast: if the room or lighting you are using is quite soft, and your subject lacks contrast, use a black foam core board to block light on one of the sides of your scene; watch as you move the board closer how the shadows deepen, making your subject pop.
  4. Try five-axis image stabilization: this enhanced SteadyShot setting should give you a conservative minimum of two or three stops, which means you don’t need to lug your tripod around everywhere.
  5. Shoot RAW: with the uncompressed RAW files you are harnessing all that your camera has to offer. You can take full control of your white balance and really fine tune any images you want to convert to black and white in post-processing.

 

 

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