It’s holiday season, a time of incessant selfies, sunsets and scenery. But don’t lazily leave it to the camera on your phone to document your hashtag-worthy memories, get on board with the real-camera renaissance. It’s time to bring out the big guns, and by big guns we mean a camera like  the Canon EOS 100D, the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR (a camera that uses mirrors and interchangeable lenses to give professional and polished results).

Of course you’ve still got to think about the shots, but luckily for you, Farooq Salik, Emirates Woman’s fashion and lifestyle photographer, is here to offer his top tips on how to get snaps that the professionals would be proud of – Scott Shuman, watch out.

•    Theme: Before even picking up a camera, ask yourself what it is you’re trying to say with your photos and what you want your audience to see, think, and feel. Also think about what will make your photos unique. Always create a rough sketch of what you want the end result to look like, this will define your photo shoot.

•    Posing: Browse through the latest issues of Emirates Woman to help you with suggestions and inspiration.

•    Angles: Capturing images from a lower angle – a so-called ‘frog perspective’ – makes your model look a leaner and taller. It gives a different perspective from what you would normally see when you’re walking down the street looking at a person.

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Using the frog perspective on the Canon EOS 100D to capture art

•    Get Creative: Express your creative side with one of the Canon EOS 100D’s creative filters, they can help add life to fashion and portrait shots. The Extra Effect Shot captures a filtered and unfiltered shot simultaneously. The extra shot serves as a backup or can be used as a template to apply image creation filters at a later time.

•    Sports Mode = winning mode for Fashion: During a fashion and lifestyle shoot, utilise the Sports mode feature to capture fast moving objects with style and ease. This could be used in scenarios including flying accessories and props within the set.

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Emirates Woman used the Canon EOS 100D to catch giraffes on the move

•    Review: Always review your work to ensure you’ve captured the essence of the draft sketch you had in mind.  The smartphone-like gestures on the touch screen of the Canon EOS 100D allows great zoom and preview freedom.

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The Canon EOS 100D is great for taking detailed shots. No filter was used on this images


For more information about the Canon EOS 100D and other Canon products visit canon-me.com

Canon EOS 100D


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