Gilmar Silva has been quite an internet sensation lately. This Brazilian photographer can do to you what nobody one can ever guess – except probably other photographers.
Have you ever wondered how a professional photographer works? He needs an expensive DSLR, a plush studio, state of the art lights and models, right? After that comes hours of post processing. That is how he creates those dreamy stunning photos of the models that we all wished we could be.
Here is the truth below.
Gilmar Silva will surprise you in every way. He is a wedding and family photographer. Silva knows how to create that perfect shot – everywhere and with anything. See it to believe it.
Here are some of his clicks that show the final photo and what goes on behind the scenes. Gilmar Silva has presented his pictures this way to show what good photography actually is. He calls his series ‘Lugar and Photo’ which means place and photo.
Enjoy the clicks and behind the scenes of photographer Gilmar Silva.
#1 Gilmar Silva took this in his backyard. His brother asked for a nice photograph with his girlfriend. According to Gilmar Silva, he took them to the backyard, and tried a few clicks. His camera flash was set to 1/64. He made a friend pour some cups of water on the umbrella and that created this magically romantic photograph.
Don’t you wish your brother was a professional photographer like this?
#2 Do we need an exotic location for an exotic photo? See it for yourself.
#3 After seeing this, we should treat the puddles of water with more respect.
#4 You need skill and lots of imagination to create something so beautiful from something so ordinary. The photo is a result of the flash, water, post processing and lots of talent.
“The picture that you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality.”
– Scott Lorenzo
#5 Let there be light. And some dry grass and weed. And a magician with a camera.
#6 Do you ever notice what grows along the roadside? Gilmar Silva does. In his mind’s eye, all the weeds are behind the scenes for a perfect photo shoot.
#7 So who would have thought of that? His pictures leave us speechless.
#8 This is how a camera works in the hands of a great photographer. Just buying a DSLR is not enough.
#9 Gilmar Silva proves that photography is an art.
#10 A good photographer can turn your local lake into a Caribbean destination.
#11 You should now appreciate the potholes along the paths that fill up with water and make awesome photographs.
#12 A horrible setting set as the ultimate romantic destination. Somebody give this guy a Nobel!
#13 Oh that perfect picture for that fashion magazine. Just need two friends to throw dry leaves.
#14 A photographer from heaven.
#15 Photographers have to be flexible – more so in mind.
#16 Drains are the roadway to romantic photography in the hands of Gilmar Silva.
#17 An ordinary home, some ordinary flowers and the girl next door are props for the photographer for a grand frame.
#18 Change in perspective is everything in life. Who knows it better than a photographer?
#19 Puddles of water on the street, you make a wonderful click.
#21 In the simplest of places can be the greatest of opportunities. Learn it from the photographer.
“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”
Here is video of Gilmar Silva doing a pre-wedding shoot of a couple.
Easy Ways to Improve Your Photography Skills
“Photography is the story I fail to put into words.”
– Destin Sparks
Feeling inspired by Gilmar Silva? Want to click some really great photos?
Do not rush to buy expensive gear and a DSLR. Good photography requires skill and patience. Know the rules of photography and colour. Here are some guidelines for any layman photographer.
#1 Concentrate on what you already have
“If the photographer is interested in the people in front of his lens, and if he is compassionate, it’s already a lot. The instrument is not the camera but the photographer.”
It is easy to click and buy new camera gear anytime. Some of these are pretty expensive and even if you get all the best DSLR and equipment of the world that will not make you a good photographer.
Any camera is a device that captures and plays with light. It is lower version of our eye. The camera has aperture and shutter just as we have pupils and eyelids. The function is to control how much light is coming in. A digital or mobile camera will also click good photos if you know how to use the functions. DSLRs are definitely far better built than these but the basics are the same.
“Photography has nothing to do with cameras.” – Lucas Gentry
Most people miss a very simple thing – they do not read the camera manual. They do not know what ISO does. Only knowing the term or its definition is useless, you have to make it work. The auto mode of your camera is the best option many times to click some subjects but not all. You have to experiment if you want to be a good photographer.
#2 Start to see like a photographer
“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”
-Don Mc Cullin
Start looking around you. If you have a flower, try taking pictures of it in different angles.
What props do you have at home? Click interesting pictures of your food – not for posting in social media but in a way that tells a story.
For a good photographer nothing is dull or uninteresting. It just needs a different perspective. The position of your camera, light and frame – a synergy of these three factors can turn the most boring situations into fantastic photography subjects.
Things that we use commonly at home can be used to click an interesting shot. The garden and the kitchen will always have something interesting to click.
The sunlight at different times of the day will create different shots for the same subject. Look for shadows and frames that can make your shot attractive.
Here is a very informative video to click better photos with your mobile camera.
# Keep clicking
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
– Elliott Erwitt
Practice makes a man perfect, so does the wise adage goes. Keep clicking and practicing. The best advantage in today’s camerawork is that everything is stored digitally. No need for reels and films which have to be developed. Take a click, if it is a poor click delete it. If it is good, make it better.
“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.”
– Matt Hardy
See how a professional photographer is always observing his surroundings and subjects. Study them and the clicks that they take. See how they use grids to take pictures with a rule of the third. Watch out for the frame. The frame is critical in creating a good shot. A tight frame overwhelms and too wide one loses the subject.
Here is a guide for those who want to be good a photographer.