Smart Techniques From the World’s Best Digital Photographers

Expert Photography Advice to Bring Your Game Up to the Next Level

Your photos are good, but — let’s face it — they’re not spectacular. At the very least, they’re not as great as they could be. Here’s a list of advanced digital photography techniques — from some of the biggest names in the industry — to bring your professional photography game up to the next level.

1. “Getting the right pictures is about opening your eyes to see what’s magical about a place.” – @mariotestino

Mario Testino is one of the greatest fashion photographers alive.  This advice was taken from an interview with the New York Times. Testino understands that you don’t need an expensive camera to get outstanding shots. The magic happens when you open your eyes to see what’s around you from an original perspective. Remember, you’ll only be in this moment, at this place and time, once, so capture it now — even if all you have to shoot is your iPhone.

The image above illustrates one of Testino’s personal photographs shared on Twitter — one that he finds beautiful and instills joy. Look at what’s around you right now, and find the magic.

2. “Stay in a place where the light will work with you — all day.” – @mccurrystudios

If you see someone on the streets that you want to photograph, and the lighting isn’t right, there’s no shame in asking them if they will accompany you somewhere else to take their portrait. If they’re on their way to a different place, ask if you can join them. Steve McCurry is the man behind the camera that took the iconic “Afghan Girl” photo. In this interview, he shares his expert portraiture advice.

Steve McCurry is saying that you need to act when an opportunity arises. Sitting around quietly in the corner with a camera isn’t the only duty of an expert photographer.

3. “To stop and look at your work is the most important thing you can do.” – @annieleibovitz

Annie Leibovitz is one of the most famous photographers of our time, and her career experience tells professionals that they can’t just “shoot, shoot, shoot.” In her interview with co.create, discussing the making of Disney’s “Dream Portraits” series, she shared the advice above. She says that if you want to be a serious photographer, you are going to need to make edits to the work you do in order to make it great. So, an expensive camera and a great eye may not be enough.

Annie Leibovitz's advice to photographers: "To stop and look at your work is the most important thing you can do." #photographyadvice #illumaglass

If you’re someone who takes offense to photo-editing, you may want to reconsider that reaction. It can be fun to see what the editors come up with for all types of visual projects.


Your digital photography techniques can be even better when you apply the advice above. Wherever you are, look deeper for the enchantment around you. Move with your lighting and your muse rather than let opportunity slip away. And, as with all art forms, the magic will happen during the editing phase, so don’t just proceed to snapping away — pay attention.

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