Snap like a pro | #GottaAskYFM with Cyril Zuma
Written by Botlhale Satsha on 9th Apr 2020
We all know ama right-angles when taking selfies but ever thought to flip the camera and learn how to take kicka** pictures?
Photographer and founder of iStockAfrica, Cyril Zuma, alongside YFM’s digital hotline project; #GottaAskYFM, give you the 1s and 2s of photography.
1. Clean your lens.
A dirty lens gives off a misty effect and at times has you questioning the quality of your device. Wipe your phone lens with a cotton shirt or a microfibre cleaning cloth (spectacle cleaner). This small trick could save you editing time and produce a higher picture quality.
2. Take your time
The best way to get it right is not to rush the process. When taking images, check your settings to make sure you get the best out of the subject and equipment (your phone). Thus if it’s a gloomy day, make sure your device isn’t in ‘sunny’ mode. Cyril Zuma drops the 411 on ‘How to take better photos with your smartphone‘
2. Re-up your snaps
The easiest way to tell a Pro photographer from an amateur is through your edits. Download free editing apps like Adobe Lightroom or Snapseed. Editing made simple… These apps come with presets and advanced editing tools for those not so beginner photographers. Here are a few other free apps to look into (available on iOS and Andriod).
With these few tips, you are well on your way to becoming a seasoned photographer.
Yet for those keeping up with photogawd Cyril Zuma, you will know about the #21DayPhotoChallengeSA he launched at the beginning of the lockdown.
He challenges people from all walks of life to connect, learn and create in the comfort of their own homes, and it has tweeps and instagrammers pulling all stops to showcase their talents.
Day 5! FOOD ☺️ shot and styled by me!
— Hai YiFilim (@Philly_Mohlala) March 31, 2020
— Lonwabo (@king_zimela) April 2, 2020
— Clare Appleyard (@clareappleyard) April 7, 2020
#GottaAskYFM took to social media streets to hear more about what people want to know regarding photography and tasked Cyril to heed to the call.
> What advice can you give someone looking to do photography as a side hustle?
> What made you fall in love with photography?
> Primes vs zooms. When is the best time to use them and which do you prefer?
And many more…
Hear it from the main man as he answers all your photography-related questions