Auckland based photographer Charles Brooks is internationally renowned for his commercial, portrait and landscape photos. In the last 20 years he has lived in Australia, Taiwan, China, Chile and Brazil, and worked in dozens of other countries. His musician portraits are in constant use by conductors, soloists, orchestras, and directors in the world’s most important concert halls and opera houses. Photography competition website ViewBug noticed that I keep winning awards. They asked me how I do it, so here are my top seven tips for shooting compelling people shots.

photos and content by ViewBug member charlesbrooks.