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1. Bài mẫu topic Taking Photos – IELTS Speaking part 1
1.1. Do you like taking photos?
You can call me a shutterbug, as I love snapping photos wherever I go. My dad bought me a digital camera on my 15th birthday, and since then I have taken up photography as a hobby. I cannot say that I’m a professional photographer, but I’ve been brushing up on my skills, hoping to become one in the future.
- Shutterbug (n): người đam mê chụp ảnh
- Digital camera (n): máy ảnh kỹ thuật số
- Brushing up on s.th: trau dồi kỹ năng
1.2. Do you like taking selfies?
Well, only when I’m in the mood for one. I’m not very photogenic, so the photo would turn out horrible unless I’m having some makeup on. However, when I’m with a group of friends and everyone wants to take a selfie, I’m happy to join them because the composition of a photo would be so much better, you know, instead of just me.
- In the mood for s.th: có hứng làm gì
- Photogenic (adj): ăn ảnh
- Turn out (v): (kết quả) diễn ra một cách không ngờ
- Composition (n): bố cục (hình ảnh)
1.3. What kind of photos do you like to take?
I try to experience different types of photography, ranging from portraits, still life, nature, fashion to food photos, but I have to say I’m in favor of landscape photography. I find that shooting tall trees, mountains while exploring the great outdoors is like killing two birds with one stone. It allows me to work at all times of day, from sunrise to sunset, and even long after dark to capture the landscape below the beautiful night sky.
- Kill to birds with one stone (exp.): một mũi tên trúng hai đích/ một công đôi việc
- Capture (v): bắt trọn (hình ảnh)
1.4. Do you prefer taking photos with the camera or by phone?
As a person who is passionate about photography, I would go for a DSLR camera due to its high-definition shooting mode. I wouldn’t have to worry too much about how the pictures appear to be because they are surely larger, wider, clearer, and crisper, compared to an iPhone camera. But most smartphones today are also reliable imaging companions, thanks to the equipment of ultra-wide cameras which allow users to snap photos right off the bat.
- Be passionate about s.th: đam mê gì đó
- High-definition shooting mode (n): chế độ chụp siêu nét
- Ultra-wide camera (n): máy ảnh góc rộng
- Right off the bat (adv): ngay lập tức
2. Bài mẫu topic Taking Photos – IELTS Speaking part 2
Describe a selfie which you catch on your mobile phone on your favourite occasion
You should say:
- When you took it
- What type of camera you used
- Why you took the photo
And explain whether you liked this photo or not.
I would like to talk about the time when I took a selfie with my bestie at the airport, where I came to see her off right before her trip to the U.S.
Mie and I have always been the best of friends ever since we were 5 years old. Like two peas in a pod, as we always know what each other is thinking without saying a word. We shared the same interests, the same fashion tastes as well as outlooks on life. She has always been there for me through all the ups and downs and I promised to do the same to her.
I thought nothing was going to drive us apart, well, before I found out she had to move to the U.S because of her father’s job promotion last summer. I felt like the world was ending on hearing such news. The mere thought of me having to live half the world away from my best friend brought tears to my eyes, and I did not know what else to do but cry like a baby during the following months. I kept blaming her for not keeping her words of staying by my side no matter what.
The day she decided to leave me, all I could do was to drive her to the airport, where we decided to take a selfie with my iPhone, you know, to save that very last moment together.
Usually, I would make use of multiple photo-editing applications to remove any blemishes on my skin, creating an exquisite picture, but that day I decided to capture the most spontaneous and genuine moments of ours, in which we were doing our utmost to fake a smile, despite being filled with deep sorrow. The picture turned out ridiculously amazing, and I couldn’t help crying while laughing at it every night before bed.
Words cannot describe how much I miss my girl. We had taken an endless number of photos before, but nothing could compare to that selfie of ours, which recorded our most precious memory together. I would keep this photo forever, as a way to remind me of my beloved friend.
- Like two peas in a pod (exp.): giống nhau như hai giọt nước
- Ups and downs (n): thăng trầm
- Drive s.o apart (n): chia rẽ ai đó
- Bring tears to one’s eyes (exp.): khiến ai đó bật khóc
- Cry like a baby (exp.): khóc nhiều (như em bé)
- Stay by one’s side (exp.): ở bên cạnh ai đó
- Blemish (n): khuyết điểm
- Exquisite (adj): tuyệt đẹp
- Spontaneous (adj): ngẫu hứng
- Genuine (adj): chân thật
- Do one’s utmost: cố gắng hết sức
- Fake a smile: gượng cười
- Sorrow (n): sự đau khổ
3. Bài mẫu topic Taking Photos – IELTS Speaking part 3
3.1. Do Vietnamese people like to take photos of themselves?
I would definitely say yes. With the spread of smartphones and the rise of social media around the globe, the act of taking selfies has become a new type of social culture, generating a form of self-disclosure that affects the construction of individual identities and the existing beauty standards.
Taking a good picture of oneself by the beach is not simply a way to save the beautiful moments on the trip, but posting it on Facebook and Instagram has become an increasingly popular way for Vietnamese people to showcase themselves and how well they’re doing to others, which boost their confidence and self-esteem accordingly.
- Self-disclosure (n): sự bộc lộ bản thân
- Individual identity (n): bản sắc cá nhân
- Beauty standard (n): tiêu chuẩn về cái đẹp
3.2. What kinds of devices do people like to use for taking photos these days?
Contrasting to how simple it may look, creating an eye-catching photo is far from easy. Learning and understanding the mechanics behind the built-in photo capabilities of your device makes a world of difference when capturing the perfect photo.
People use different kinds of devices to capture photos such as top-notch smartphones with good camera quality or a DSLR, which is often paired with lenses, tripods, gimbals, sliders, and stabilizers. After the raw photos are taken, editing software is used to manipulate or enhance images, creating high-resolution photos for social media platforms.
- Eye-catching (adj): bắt mắt
- Far from easy (adj): không dễ = khó
- Built-in photo capabilities (n): chức năng chụp ảnh có sẵn trong máy
- Make a world of difference (exp.): khác một trời một vực
- Top-notch (adj): đỉnh cao
3.3. Has the way people take photos changed?
Yes, back in the old days people used to take photos with cameras that came with rolls of negatives required to be developed in a dark room and chemical setups. Developing and printing photos could add up cost-wise and meant not only driving to the location to drop off the film, but then waiting a day or two to get it printed.
However, one of the biggest changes over the last 20 years is how impressive phone cameras have become. As their lenses become sharper and their sensors more accurate, it’s becoming harder to tell the difference between a photo taken on a dedicated camera and one taken with a phone. Plus, it is much faster and easier to capture the moment when one is on the go.
- Roll of negatives (n): cuộn phim âm bản
- Develop (v): rửa (ảnh phim)
- Sensor (n): bộ cảm biến
- Accurate (adj): chính xác
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