Greg Williams Candid Photography Skills


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Skill Content

1. Welcome

Greg Williams’ photographic career has taken him from war zones, to the North Pole, to becoming one of the most trusted insiders in Hollywood.

2. Working with subjects
Greg talks in detail about how to get the best out of your subject, drawing on tactics and skills he’s learned throughout his extensive career.

3. Light
Greg teaches you how to ‘read’ the light in any location, and teaches you the fundamentals of lighting in a way that can be easily, and practically applied.

4. Exposure
Greg explains the importance of having control over your exposure. He covers the fundamentals and looks at the situations where you should override auto‑exposure.

5. Environment
Greg discusses finding a photograph in any environment, and the advantages of working quickly.

6. Composition
Greg covers the fundamentals of composition and when to break the rules. He talks the rule of thirds, perspective and vanishing points and how to draw the eye to your focal point.

7. Focus
Greg deals with both technical and creative focusing. He talks about how to tell stories using focus when taking the picture and when editing.

8. Editing
Greg discusses the importance of authenticity, believability and imperfection when editing and explains how his candid photographic style guides his edit process.

9. Storytelling
The moment where everything that you’ve learned comes together and you can tell your stories in individual frames. Greg breaks down some of his favourite photos from the archive, and looks at the craft of storytelling in each case.


Practical – Working with Subjects – Tom Hardy

See behind the scenes on Greg’s Esquire cover shoot with Tom Hardy

Practical – Underwater – Nick Hoult
Greg photographs Nick Hoult underwater with his iPhone.
Practical – iPhone – Gemma Arterton
Greg previews the new iPhone 12 Pro Max to highlight the fact that you can shoot professional quality pictures with nothing more than your phone.

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