how to take cool photographs

Top Tips For Taking Cool Photographs: From Someone I have Already Learnt So Much From

Across both projects that keep us busy here in the office – the ‘my cool’ book series and ‘George Clarkes Amazing Spaces’ – the pursuit of a good visual image is never far from the conversation. High quality cool photography and image making is more available to everyone than ever before.

Photography is both a technical skill and a personal style, which requires training your eye to see things. It’s about how you see the world around you – and living in a digital age, more and more activities that were once seen as a luxury or specifically for the professionals have now become more accessible for all of us.

This is yet another reason why mastering how to take cool photographs is fast becoming an essential skill, for writers, bloggers, stylists, inspirers, home project DIY’ers, and the list goes on.

Professional photographers make it look easy and I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with some incredibly talented photographers and filmmakers. It is always a joy seeing the image emerge, collaborating on just how best to convey the mood, style and image in front of you. Luke Forsythe is one of them from whom I’ve learned a lot. His new project ‘The Street Photography School’ has just opened its doors to all.

Luke directed the ‘Cuthbert’ film above as part of ‘my cool campervan’. He is an award winning photographer, videographer and film director. with a huge array of clients, including the BBC and BMW. His Street Photography School in London is quickly becoming the go to place to become inspired and confident with a camera. As he says:

“The Street Photography School trains your eye and teaches you how to tell a story with a camera. It’s designed so you can learn in the right order and simplest way – so knowledge sticks and skills improve.”

Luke Forsythe, The Street Photography School 

So for my own benefit, and hopefully for yours, I asked him if he could share with us some of his knowledge for taking cool photographs. As we know, there is always so much more to learn and enjoy.

So here are a few top tips from Luke:

  1. The longer you look the more you will see.
  2. Get used to crouching, the best picture is rarely from head height.
  3. You don’t have to look through the camera to see your shot, just close one eye and move, it will be quicker.
  4. Collect your favourite pictures, look at them and try and guess how far away the photographer was from the subject. That’s how far away you should shoot from, at least for a while.
  5. The camera; you will eventually know. Composition and storytelling; you have to learn. The eye; you have to train.

There you go… If that’s tempted you, have a look at ‘The Street Photography School’. There’s some amazing photography and courses on there. Enjoy.

Jane Field-Lewis

Image Credit: Richard Maxted