Shoot Photos Like a Pro

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Just when you thought award-winning photographer Bob Holmes couldn’t be more inspiring…Bob is back in our latest installment of Advancing Your Photography Show. In this episode
Marc begins talking to Bob about visualization, the central point of the Advancing Your Photography Handbook. Bob continues to dish out his no-nonsense tips on how you can improve your photography and shoot like a pro. 

Top Tips:

  • To visualize you need to know how your equipment will “see”it. 
  • Learn the ability to see something and KNOW how your device will record it.
  • Know how light is going to react. Every camera records light differently
  • Be aware of everything you look at (try the “watch exercise” explained down below)
  • Ask yourself, what is the purpose of your photograph?

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Bob shared his “watch exercise” with us in this episode. Here’s how it works: Cover up your watch. Now ask yourself, does it have the number 12 at the 12 spot or is it just a mark that represents the 12 O’Clock hour? Without looking at your watch, answer that question?

Bob says if we look at our watches, dozens of times a day, and we still don’t know if it’s a 12 or a mark — to be successful in photography, be observant.

  “Be aware of everything you look at.”

 Bob says you have to be consciously aware of what you’re looking at, whether it’s reality or a reproduction of reality. Ask yourself why you’re attracted to this image or scene, and what it is about it that you like? Over time you’ll refine the way you see. 

Don’t Do This If You’re a Photographer

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Think of the last time you took photos…What did you do immediately after pressing the shutter? Did you A) adjust your camera once, then keep capturing photos or B) stop and look at the screen to see how each and every photo turned out? If you’re like most of us, you probably answered B. Bob and Marc both agree, to STOP this “chimping” photography behavior in its tracks.

“When you’re looking at the back of the camera, your missing the photo in front of you.”_Bob Holmes

“You’re missing the connection.”_ Marc Silber

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“It comes down to the purpose of the photography.”_Bob Holmes

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Purpose: Personal vs. Professional.

Whether you are taking pictures of a beautiful sunset or photos of a fashion model, Bob says you need to ask yourself, ‘What is the purpose of my photography?’

Personal photography can be spontaneous because you’re reacting to your surroundings. “There are some things you are compelled to take a photograph of and you can’t explain it,” – Bob

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Professional photography on the other hand, like a magazine assignment, is when you need to have more structure (aka using a shot list); because you have to think about why you are taking the photograph, what you need to show and how you are going to show it. The image needs to be relevant. Bob’s tip is to always use a shot list on assignment. Being consistent is important.

“We have to come back with the goods.”_Bob Holmes   

Bob Holmes_wine and light.png Bob’s last bit of advice for us in this video… “Just live it [photography].”

Did this video leave you wanting more photography goodies?? Don’t worry, check out this video with Bob Holmes we did a couple weeks ago. And if you’re ready for a photography binge, here is one of AYP Show’s most popular playlists! Enjoy. 



Host of the Advancing Your Photography, Marc Silber was just named as a world-famous photographer in this article on

You can read Marc’s top photography tip plus read tips from other photography giants. Click on the link, “5 World Famous Photographers Give US 5 Incredible Tips to Make You a Better Photographer” and enjoy this quick read!

“Advancing Your Photography is a work of art, about art! Silber delivers clear, concise content, for all levels of skill, and accentuates the details that matter most to getting the result you desire…”    – David Lee Jensen, #1 Best Selling Author of The Naked Interview


 “The whole conversation, about 10 minutes long, is well worth your time and packed full of little gems.”_ Digital Photography Review 

AYP Show’s other video with National Geographic photographer Bob Holmes is all about finding (and seeing) the light. You can check it out on our YouTube Channel, or read this article from “Digital Photography Review,” and watch the video!

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